Bette Midler from her bath house days meets Marilyn Monroe meets Dean Martin. Meet Niki Luparelli, your new favorite chanteuse, which is a fancy French word for a "lounge singer."
The internationally-ignored Niki, now in her early-late twenties, went to the University of Rhode Island where she graduated summa cum laude with a double major in Music and Communications. This degree proved to be as useful as a degree in pinball. She's since spent much of her time languishing away in many unexciting and unrelated dayjobs, including, but not limited to; waitress, bartender, teacher, real state agent, freelance writer, and gardener. Niki, during this time, had given up singing, as it turns out she didn't really like opera after all, and was attempting to work her way up through the Boston stand-up comedy ranks. After a few years of honing her wit on hecklers, drunks, and bachelorette parties,, she hooked up with fellow URI music grad, Lainey SchoolTree, and began their musical comedy duo act, "The Steamy Bohemians." The Steamy Bohemians are what would happen if the Smothers Brothers were comely large breasted women. On the side, however, Niki dreamed of becoming Jessica Rabbit, or Gilda, or Mae West. She's had a lot of dreams.
Currently, you can see Niki performing regularly with Dan Burke and the Speakeasy Combo at Nick's. or with the Gold Diggers at variious clubs, restaurants, hip weddings, and private parties. Niki is also as a hula hooping, pink ukulelel-ing stand-up comedienne, freelance writer, and bleach aficionado.
Who is Lainey SchoolTree? Is she a comedian or a musician? A performer or a producer? An artist or an engineer?
The answer to all these questions and some others is: yes.
Lainey is a Boston-based composer, vaudeville performer, multi-instrumentalist, comedian, audio engineer and producer. She loves to cook and play nerf javelin.
Classically trained musician, potty trained adult, Lainey somehow wound up in the world of vaudeville as a performer and producer of shows. With partner in crime/crying Niki Luparelli, she founded a variety show called Jerkus Circus in 2005, which is considered to have played a substantial role in pioneering the current NeoVaudeville movement in Boston. She's since been honored to collaborate with some incredibly intelligent and irreverent acts across genres: music, comedy, dance, burlesque, puppetry. She's really hoping to hook up with a mime.
She also works as Core Composer / Core Music Director (and performer) with Bent Wit Cabaret, a large-format variety show at Oberon in Harvard Square, Cambridge presented by Axe To Ice Productions every second Sunday of the month.
Lainey's other great passion is recording music, which she's been doing one way or another since she was 18. She recently finished production on SteamshipKillers as Producer and First Engineer (co-mixed with the incredible Scott Dakota), the amazing new album from Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys, and is currently finishing production on her first solo EP and working with some other local artists as well.