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posted Friday, April 8, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 15
A Night With Janis Joplin at the Fifth Avenue
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A Night With Janis Joplin at the Fifth Avenue

by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN A&E Writer

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
5TH AVENUE THEATRE
Through April 17


Janis Joplin was one of the most influential people in rock-n-roll. Her unique voice and no holds barred attitude on music as well as life made her one of the greats. The 5th Avenue Theatre transports us to a concert hall, and A Night With Janis Joplin. While the audience was filled with those who recalled the extraordinary blues artist, it was equally filled with those who either enjoy (or at least know of) her wondrous legacy. Even if you only know of Janis Joplin's reputation (in cases like myself), the evening will reveal why Janis Joplin's story should be shared.

It could be any number of performance venues around the country. There's a place for the band in the back of the stage, and except for the overstuffed chair in the corner, nothing seems out of the ordinary. Janis Joplin appears and starts to sing. Her raspy, powerful voice, as much of her trademark as her casual 'Hippie-style' of dress, begins to sound and soon the rafters are ringing with music. Over the course of the night, Janis reiterates that she is a singer of the Blues, and she speaks of those that influenced her life. The women (Etta James, Bessie Smith, Nina Simone, Odetta, The Chantels and Aretha Franklin) spiritually appear in her memory presenting their version of their hits. Then Janis joins them with her own spin and sends the songs rocketing to the back of the house! Janis recalls her life, the fierce feeling of being an outsider, and her rise to stardom, only to be cut short before she ever reaches the top.

Kacee Clanton comes out as Janis Joplin with a rocking attitude and fierce sound. Her appearance and voice are well suited as a facsimile for Janis and evoke the energy and spirit well. Although trying to transform a Seattle theatre audience into a vigorous, audience participation crowd wasn't the easiest, Ms. Clanton's talent managed to get the people involved with clapping along and even some dancing in the aisles. Clanton's voice is powerful, and she handles the distinctive vocals of the classic songs with great ease and strong emotion. She belts out Gershwin's 'Summertime' with sentiment, moving easily into 'Turtle Blues' and 'Down on Me.' 'Cry Baby,' 'Kozmic Blues' and 'Little Girl Blue' all lead up to Joplin's hit cover of 'Me and Bobby McGee,' highlighting with '(Oh, Lord Won't You Buy Me a) Mercedes Benz.' It is when Janis belts out 'I'm Gonna Rock My Way to Heaven' that the audience feels the chill and realizes the talent that left us too soon.

The supporting cast is small but they all do excellent jobs. Yvette Cason (as Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone), Sylvia MacCalla (as Bessie Smith and Odetta), and Aurianna Tuttle (as Etta James) are all good as they take on the different personalities that have influenced Janis' life. It is the pure soprano voice of Nova Payton (as the 'Blues Singer') that strikes the chord. Her powerful operatic sound delivers 'Summertime' with such emotion that it easily steals all attention from the audience...until Clanton gives it the 'Joplin spin' and lets the emotion rock.

Janis Joplin's life was explosive. She battled her way through a tumultuous time, becoming one of the greatest performers of an entire generation. While her life was all too short (an alleged victim of the 'Rock'N'Roll Curse' where no great rocker artist lives over the age of 27; Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse....), her sound continues to influence musicians, leaving a legacy of music.

For more information and tickets for A Night With Janis Joplin, visit https://www.5thavenue.org/ or call 206-625-1900.

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