“Happy Birthday Janis…AGAIN!” set for Friday, Saturday at Nevada Theatre in Nevada City
LeGacy Productions celebrates Janis Joplin and the music of her time in “Happy Birthday Janis…AGAIN!” Friday and Saturday at the Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St., Nevada City.
Janis Joplin would have been 73 on Jan. 19.
Although she has been gone since October 1970, her music certainly lives on. Sue LeGate-Halford takes the stage with Dave and the Cool Beans to perform live the music from the ‘60s and ‘70s and beyond.
“We had such a great time last year, putting together the sound of the artists who may have been at Janis’ birthday party, that we decided we just had to do it again,” LeGate-Halford said. “We wanted to do it before I am too old to crawl on the stage!”
“I’m only 30 years older than Janis was when she left us, a grandma, too!,” she added. “So who knows how long we can keep this up…its a little past my bedtime!
“We surprisingly sold out last year, and I think that’s a sign that there’s enough of us still out there that appreciate the explosion of the music of that time,” LeGate-Halford said. “Everyone was trying new directions in their music, Jefferson Airplane, Beatles, Sonny & Cher — all unique and different from each other.
“Janis mixed old blues with rock,” she added.
“She seemed to have come out of nowhere when she floored them with Big Mama Thornton’s ‘Ball and Chain’ at Monterey Pop in ‘67.
“From there she just flew to the top,” she said. “So sad she left us so soon.”
LeGate-Halford shares the stage for this party with her husband’s band, Dave and the Cool Beans.
“They are fantastic!!” she says. “Beatles, Doobies, Credence, Airplane, Big Brother….they not only play it all…but their harmonies are incredible!”
Dave Halford heads up the Beans on rhythm guitar and unique, searing vocals.
Steve Sheppard on bass and vocals, Paul Turner on lead guitar and vocals and John Basa on the drums comprise the rest of the “Beans.”
“In particular, their Beatles stuff is right on,” said LeGate-Halford. “I like to say its because we’re half authentic — Steve and Paul are both British born. Paul is even from Liverpool; he must have Beatle blood, right? At any rate, it’s gonna be one fun weekend,” she added. “And although we make jokes about it being geezer music, it’s really for the young set too.
“We had 12-year-olds dancing to the Beans at the theatre in November.
“I guess all these kinds of music thrown together really has no age limit for pure enjoyment,” she added. “And we love doing it!”
Tickets for “Happy Birthday Janis….AGAIN!” are $20 in advance, available at the BookSeller, Harmony Books, online at legacypresents.com or by calling (530) 268-5419.
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