Soulful Siren Storm Large and her band, Le Bonheur, flip classic Songs Head Over Heels
Storm Large and Le Bonheur
October 15, 2014 Wed at 8pm
Tickets: $42, $35; Gold Seats $100
Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive, Irvine CA
www.thebarclay.org | 949.854.4646
Storm Large has been making a name for herself as one of the singers of Pink Martini and on stage at Carnegie Hall, performing Kurt Weill with The Detroit Symphony. Now she is center stage with her loyal and fearless band, Le Bonheur, and a new cd of songs that are pure Storm.
With a voice that goes from a velvety purr to a mighty Valkyrie in a single phrase, Ms. Large sings the American songbook, Broadway tear-jerkers, rock goddess anthems and some of her own gorgeous originals --all delivered with a fierce personal style.
SoCal audiences may also know her from her performances with Katey Sagal and Michael McKean in Harps and Angelsat the Mark Taper Forum, a musical featuring the work of Randy Newman.
Program (Subject to change)
Cole Porter: Under My Skin; Rodgers & Hart: Lady Is A Tramp; Jacques Brel: Ne Me Quitte Pas; Storm Large: Angels in Gas Stations
As well as selections from: Tom Waits, Randy Newman, Lou Reed, Black Sabbath
"She is an intoxicating and unmissable cocktail of power and vulnerability." − The Times (UK)
"Storm Large delivers each song with an unwavering, exhilarating intensity and passion that pierces the air with a controlled recklessness sure to send shivers down your spine throughout this beautiful storm of a show." − Edinburgh Festival Magazine (UK)
"Storm is a punk goddess." − Playboy
“Sensational” – The New York Times
Storm Large is a singer, actor, author and playwright. She shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova, where Storm built a fan base that follows her around the world to this day.
Storm spent the 90’s singing in clubs throughout San Francisco. Tired of the club scene, she moved to Portland to pursue a new career as a chef, but a last minute cancellation in 2002 at the Portland club, Dante’s, turned into a standing Wednesday night engagement for Storm and her new band, The Balls. It wasn’t long before Storm had a cult-like following in Portland, and a renewed singing career that was about to be launched onto the international stage.
Storm made her debut as guest vocalist with the band Pink Martini in April 2011, singing four sold-out concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She continues to perform with the band, touring nationally and internationally, and she was featured on their CD, Get Happy. Storm has also sung with Grammy-winner k.d. lang, pianist Kirill Gerstein, punk rocker John Doe, singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, and Rock-and-Roll-Hall-of-Famer George Clinton.
In 2007, she took a career departure and starred in Portland Center Stage’s production of Cabaret with Wade McCollum. The show was a smash hit, earning Large glowing reviews. Her next endeavor, the autobiographical musical memoir, Crazy Enough, played to packed houses in 2009 during its unprecedented 21-week sold out run in Portland. Storm went on to perform a cabaret version of the show to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Adelaide Festival in Australia, and Joe’s Pub in New York. Her memoir, Crazy Enough, was released by Simon and Schuster in 2012, named Oprah’s Book of the Week, and awarded the 2013 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction.
Storm is featured in Rid of Me, a film by Portlander James Westby, starring Katie O’Grady and Theresa Russell. In November and December of 2010, she starred at the Mark Taper Forum with Katey Sagal and Michael McKean in Jerry Zak’s production of Harps and Angels, a musical featuring the work of Randy Newman.
In 2013, Storm caught the classical bug during a series of critically acclaimed performances of Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins with both the Oregon Symphony and then with the Detroit Symphony at Carnegie Hall as part of the prestigious Spring for Music Festival, which earned her praise as “sensational” by The New York Times.
In the 2013/14 season Storm and her band, Le Bonheur, performed in many new cities around the country, including Las Vegas, Boston, Minneapolis in an evening called Taken By Storm In June 2014, she appeared at the Ojai Festival with the exciting new orchestra, The Knights and the vocal ensemble Hudson Shad. In August, she performed at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago.
Storm is also busy creating a new musical with The Public Theater in New York City.
James Beaton, piano
Scott Weddle, guitar
Matt Brown, electric bass
Greg Ekland, drums