This Month’s Show
Janis Joplin: Pearl
The Sound Table | June 12, 2013 | Doors 8:30PM Show 9:00PM | Tickets: $10
Adv $13 Door
As a child, I remember hearing “Take Another Piece Of My Heart” for the first time on the radio. No lie: I desperately wanted my mom to change the station. Buckled up in the backseat with my knees crushed up under my chin, the pain and angst of the woman’s voice made me uneasy, uncomfortable… And it still does. Only now (15 years later), I am absolutely addicted to the feeling.
With Janis, there is an intangible quality to her voice that commands attention. It is a voice that will grab you by your ears, whiplash your emotions, and drag you into her own private world of pain. Song and song again, she belts out lyrics with such visceral power that it somehow goes beyond singing and becomes evocation. She touches every nerve, pulls every heartstring, and burns like a shot of whiskey – just like her favorite drink, Southern Comfort.
But blazing with such intensity came at a cost: Janis died at the young age of 27 after a devastatingly brief 8 year career. With such a short life and curtailed musical legacy, there was really no “early,” “middle,” or “late” Janis Joplin… there was only Janis. A focused snapshot of an artist who unapologetically spewed out her raw emotions. She didn’t try to dress them up or make them nice – she let them shriek and growl; vulnerable, broken moments ribbed with jagged peaks of rage and anguish. A freight train on a roller coaster track with no breaks. The little Texan that could.
This Month’s Featured Artist
When you attend a Larkin Poe concert, it is impossible not to see and hear that these sisters have soul and musical prowess well beyond their years. At 21 and 23 respectively, Rebecca & Megan Lovell are charismatic performers, experienced songwriters, and accomplished musicians. Featuring tight vocal harmonies and dizzying instrumental riffs, the music of Larkin Poe ranges from Folk-Rock to Acoustic R&B, from grooving Jam Band to delicate singer-songwriter – Larkin Poe is versatile, entertaining, and totally authentic in all that they do.
Born and raised in Georgia, the sisters’ musical journey began as children playing classical violin and piano at the ages of 5 and 6. In their early-teens, after winning a prestigious award on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion on NPR, the then called “Lovell Sisters” toured internationally – from the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN to Bonnaroo. At the beginning of 2010, after saying ‘farewell’ to The Lovell Sisters, the musical story of Rebecca and Megan’s young adulthood began in the form of a new band: Larkin Poe.
With extensive tours booked across the United States and Europe, Larkin Poe continues its high-energy invasion of the folk music scene, captivating audiences around the world with their insightful lyrics, magnetic presence, and dazzling instrumental virtuosity.