Cyndi Lauper (Photo by Chapman Baehler)
We collectively remember Ms. Cyndi Lauper for reminding us that “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” but the fiesty pop chanteuse has been busy with a diverse range of projects lately.
As you may know, she wrote lyrics for a popular Broadway play, Kinky Boots, which will tour locally at the Kennedy Center for a month of dates in June-July. But Cyndi herself will be visiting us at Wolf Trap on June 1 as part of a 19-date tour she will launch soon in support of her new album, Detour.
Detour, scheduled for release May 6 via Sire Records, delivers 12 tracks of classic country covers in Cyndi’s unique style. When she announced the album earlier this year, she released her cover of Harlan Howard’s “Heartaches by the Number,” and she followed that up with her cover of Wanda Jackson’s “Funnel of Love.”
Watch the official music video for “Funnel of Love” by Cyndi Lauper on YouTube:
Cyndi’s live Detour show also will feature two classic Patsy Cline songs, “Walkin’ After Midnight” and “I Fall To Pieces.” Other fun songs on the album include a cover of Dolly Parton’s “Hard Candy Christmas” and Willie Nelson’s “Night Life,” a track on which he actually guest stars on the album. I’m sure Cyndi will also treat us to a classic track or two from her days on the charts in the ‘80s if we ask her kindly.
As if that weren’t appealing enough, Cyndi is appearing at Wolf Trap in a double bill with Boy George, who visited us last year with his band Culture Club. And now the bad news: the show is sold out! Perhaps you can scour official resale sites for your chance to go locally, or check out Cyndi’s full tour schedule to see if there is another show near you.
Cyndi Lauper and Boy George
Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Wednesday, June 1
Rest In Peace, Glenn (1948-2016)
Something about this new year of 2016 has made death a real force. Too many musicians and actors have died in such a short time.
Now Glenn Frey. Damn. The H is not O.
My only chance to see The Eagles perform live came in April of 2005 in Baltimore. I remember thinking they must be old because the show included an intermission. But they still captured the essence of what made them great. The show was entertaining, especially with the interplay between Glenn Frey and Don Henley. It was one of few shows I had eagerly looked forward to as a long-time fan. I considered seeing them again during their more recent tours to DC in 2013 and 2014, but something always got in the way. Now I wish it hadn’t.
Electric Six with Dick Valentine (left) (Photo by Frank Nash)
Much of the appeal of the Electric Six comes from the band’s desire to have fun and to make you dance by any music necessary.
And that sense of fun was on full display Sunday night at the Black Cat, where frontman Dick Valentine (born Tyler Spencer) and company absolutely packed the backstage beyond capacity. To be fair, the band originally were slated to play on the larger mainstage, but were moved backstage for some reason as the DC federal holiday weekend approached.
“The Electric Six were demoted!” Dick proclaimed early in the set. “Write to the Speaker of the House, whoever that may be, and have us remoted!”
I personally have never been in a more crowded show backstage, so I fully embrace Dick’s sentiment. At the end of the day, however, the Electric Six brought everything it had to bear in a genre-bending stampede of music that went from funk to punk to metal and even to country. It was a double-barrel shotgun blast of raucous dance music.
At a midpoint in the concert, Dick declared that it was time to break out the dance music, although 99 percent of the show consisted of dance music, as evidenced by an audience that was actively bopping and hopping. The declaration came as an intro to a medley of the band’s songs “Improper Dancing” and “(Who the Hell Just) Call My Phone,” one song from the band’s popular debut album Fire and another from their 2014 album Human Zoo.
Justin Jones affectionately calls her “L.T.”
And the alt-country crooner recalled playing with her over the years, getting their respective starts at the Grog and Tankard (formerly 2408 Wisconsin Ave NW, DC) in Glover Park.
“We’ve both come a long way,” Justin said Wednesday night at the 9:30 Club. She in question is DC singer-songwriter Laura Tsaggaris.
For her part, Laura is a hard-charging, dedicated musician whose perseverance pays off in a number of rock-and-roll songs that are at turns a little bit country, a little bit folk or a little bit blues. Her joint show with Justin Wednesday was billed as Laura Tsaggaris vs. Justin Jones and the B-Sides, but it was honestly a mutual musician’s concert of admiration.