If she hadn’t joined the 27 club in 1970, Janis Joplin would’ve turned 70 this Saturday. Though she’s been gone longer than she lived, her legacy has continued to inspire generations of blues, rock and soul performers worldwide. To honor her, a collective of local talents will gather on her birthday for A Big Band Live Tribute to Janis Joplin.
“Janis Jopin is the strongest influence on the music that I wanted to make,” says Kings of Spade singer Kaci Nunes, who put together the event and will sing double duty. She’ll get up with Kings of Spade to open the night and return later as a tribute artist. “She is, in my opinion, the greatest singer of all time.”
Other tribute performers, who will each do a song, include Yoza (who will also open the show), Erin Smith of the Throwdowns, Kahnma K, Violetta Beretta, Makke Farley of the Sex Puppets, Devon Williams and Big Mox of the Bentos and Prolific Unknowns. “I hit up the best singers that I know, that I thought could pull it off,” says Nunes, who admires Joplin’s strong influence in the local music scene and incredibly difficult vocals. “[They’re all] definitely singers I’m a personal fan of.” MOTHxp will close out the night.
We can’t wait to hear how our local ladies pull off Joplin’s rough and raspy emotional wail, backed by a mix of band members from Kings of Spade, the deadbeats and the Bentos.