The Brooklyn-to-Atlanta transplants of Girlyman, performing at 8 p.m. Feb. 8 at Ann Arbor’s The Ark, scheduled their first rehearsal for Sept. 11, 2001. After that, says vocalist-songwriter Nate Borofsky according to http://www.TheArk.com, “We realized that we wanted to have fun, to do what felt right to us, and to not take ourselves too seriously. We started out by calling ourselves Girlyman.”
Girlyman executes amazing harmonies that hint at the members’ classical training. Their shows are miracles of mutually attuned nonconformist magic. Girlyman has collaborated with comedian Margaret Cho, who sums up this remarkable group pretty well: “They seamlessly blend folk, country, pop and rock, and they genre-bend as fearlessly and flawlessly as they gender-bend. It’s the music of my heart and soul. Girlyman is the future and the past and the present.”
Can the members of Girlyman read each other’s minds? Sometimes it seems so. Onstage they often finish one another’s sentences or burst into improvised ditties so tight they seem rehearsed. This longtime trio recently added a fourth member, former Po’ Girl drummer J.J. Jones, who has become completely integrated into the group’s sound, and they just realized their new album, “Supernova.” Songwriter Edie Carey opens the show. Tickets are $22.50.