Friday, May 18, 2012 8:00 PM EDT
(6:00 PM Doors)
Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
Dinner menu available • GA Seating • First come, first seated • $10 min/person at tables • All ages
Dana Fuchs is a phenomenon, a singer whose mesmerizing voice and presence have led critics to compare her to rock legends like Janis and Jagger. Moving to New York City from her hometown of Wildwood, Florida, at just 19, she soon met established guitarist Jon Diamond and formed the Dana Fuchs Band. Within a year, the band was a feature act in New York City's best clubs, often sharing the stage with the likes of John Popper, James Cotton, and Taj Mahal. Soon after that, Fuchs began crafting her own original material and saw her band's popularity skyrocket even further. She began selling out shows at The Mercury Lounge, The Stephen Talkhouse, and B.B. King Blues Club, sharing the bill with even bigger luminaries, including Little Feat and Etta James.
Fuchs's renown soon expanded into the theatrical realm as well. The producers of the off-Broadway hit Love, Janis, hearing raves about Fuchs from various cast and crew members, asked her to come in for an audition. She sang a few bars of "Piece of My Heart" and was offered the role of Janis Joplin on the spot. Playing Joplin four nights a week garnered Fuchs a whole new audience who were soon regulars at her bands shows. That audience expanded even further when Fuchs was cast to portray Sadie in Julie Taymor's groundbreaking film Across the Universe (2007).
Together with her band, Fuchs has released several albums, from her studio debut Lonely for a Lifetime (2003) to the 2008 internationally distributed Live in NYC CD and DVD. In 2010, Fuchs and her band spent time successfully harnessing the energy and power of their live show in the studio for Fuchs's latest album, Love to Beg (2011). Since the album's release, Fuchs has been touring the globe nonstop, bringing her high-energy "Rock 'n' Roll Church of Love" to audiences far and wide. Curious what a performance by Fuchs is like? Perhaps Stereophile Magazine describes it best: "Imagine a sultry, more emotive Janis Joplin, backed by a higher energy version of the late '60s Rolling Stones ... rock 'n' roll doesn't get any better."