“There are 4 Janises tonight” That statement by one of the stagehands at First Avenue raised one of my eyebrows in a questioning way. Once again I had walked into a show with little clue what to expect. I was busy admiring the gold decorations covering most of First Ave and marvel at the outfits many of the concert goers were sporting.
Being held for the 12th year the “Happy Birthday, Janis Joplin” bash had taken over the famous venue and liberally dressed it up in gold and glitter. Vinyl records were hanging from the ceiling, there was sparkling photo booth and were bands usually sell their merch, there was a distinctively 70s mini fashion store and an information booth for a charity. So this was definitely not going to be your run of the mill concert….
Reed Grimm started the evening. Known to many for his appearance on American Idol in 2012, he release his first solo album “Reminders” last year. According to his bio, his first time on a stage was at age 2 with his parents’ band. I liked the solo portion of his set, an interesting mix of Jazz, Soul and Rock. Seeing him return to the stage for “Turn On Your Lovelight” showcased his stage presence. Freed from his drum kit, raised his energy to the next level to the loud cheers of his fans.
Buried Alive In The Blues / Half Moon / My Baby / I Need A Man To Love / Woman Left Lonely / Move Over / One Night Stand / One Good Man / Raid Your Hand / Women Is Lovers / Call On Me / Watch Me Lord / Turn On Your Lovelight / Maybe / Try A Little Bit Harder
Mercedes Benz / Amsterdam / Piece Of My Heart / To Love Somebody / Summertime / Dear Landlord / Trust Me / Turle Blues / Tall Woman / Little Girl Blue / Cry Baby / Bobby Mcgee / Kommie Blues / As Good As You’ve Been / Ball & Chain
Bye Bye Baby / Get It While You Can