Pink Martini? I’ll Take One!

My love for Pink Martini started almost twenty years ago when they released their first album, Sympathique. I did not see them perform until two years ago in a show that was in my top ten of 2013. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to see them again this week at The Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence.

Storm Large

Storm Large

This band (or is it truly a small orchestra?) is one of the most entertaining acts to see live. The two shows I have seen were quite different but equally wonderful.

The band has co-lead singers, China Forbes and Storm Large, who alternate shows (when you buy tickets to one of their shows – which I hope you will do when they come to a city near you – you know who will sing lead). I have seen both of them but I will not compare the two fabulous singers. This show featured Storm Large.

Pink Martini (half the band)

Pink Martini (half the band – and the only shot with Anthony Jones on drums)

Pink Martini (the other half of the band)

Pink Martini (the other half of the band)

The show started with the band (sans Storm) taking the stage and performing a number that highlighted how tight they are. On this night, the band consisted of eleven members; founder Thomas Lauderdale (piano), Storm Large (vocals), Timothy Nishimoto (vocals and percussion), Robert Taylor (trombone), Gavin Bondy (trumpet), Phil Baker (bass), Dan Faehnle (guitar), Nicholas Crosa (violin), Brian Lavern Davis (congas, drums and percussion), Adam Maalouf (congas and percussion), and Anthony Jones (drums and percussion). Each musician is given a chance – and sometimes more than one – to solo, showcasing the talent that comprises the band.

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Timothy Nishimoto, Brian Lavern Davis, Gavin Bondy

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Dan Faehnle, Nicholas Crosa, Phil Baker

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Gavin Bondy, Adam Maalouf, Robert Taylor

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Thomas Lauderdale

Storm Large

Storm Large

Pink Martini performs songs from all over the world; tonight’s show consisted of songs sung in German, Japanese, Spanish, Turkish, Croatian, Farsi, and English. I understand Storm is probably not fluent in all of these languages, but she could fool anyone because she sings as if she was raised speaking any one of these tongues.

Storm Large

Storm Large (not a great shot because of the mic but I love the look in Storm’s eyes)

Storm is a sensual performer and I enjoyed watching her move as she sang. I was able to conjure a mental image of her in a small jazz club (such as Regattabar, one of the venues I frequent) regaling a rapt audience with her sultry voice and smooth dance movements, as she did with this large audience in an auditorium.

Storm Large

Storm Large

Thomas Lauderdale is the founder of Pink Martini, and he is a joy to behold on the piano. His playing style is animated; even though my view was of his side (or his back when I was photographing from the side of the venue during the first few songs), I knew there was a smile on his face showing his joy at performing for the first time in Rhode Island.

Thomas Lauderdale

Thomas Lauderdale

Thomas Lauderdale

Thomas Lauderdale

At the end of the first set, Storm invited people to dance in the aisles to ‘Dance of the Flying Squirrel’. Many people did, including a young couple dancing in front of me who were fabulous dancers. At the end of the show, Storm chose a woman sitting in the front row to lead a conga line through the auditorium and many people joined!

Pink Martini

Pink Martini

Other songs were a medley of ‘Get Happy’ and ‘Happy Days’, a duet that Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland sang in 1963; Dinah Shore’s version of ‘Never Stop Falling in Love’; ‘Hang on Little Tomato’; and ‘Yolanda’ (the last two are original songs of theirs).

Storm Large

Storm Large

At the other show I saw, when the band got ready to perform ‘Never on Sunday’ in Greek, for example, they invited Greek-speaking members of the audience to join them on stage and sing with them. I thoroughly enjoyed that and hope the next time I see the band, they do it.

Timothy Nishimoto, Thomas Lauderdale,

Timothy Nishimoto, Thomas Lauderdale, Dan Faehnle

There is much joy in a Pink Martini performance, and I hope I have interested you in seeing one of their fine shows. Regardless of who is singing, Pink Martini delivers one of the most solid performances I have seen.

I am grateful to Pink Martini for the ticket; all opinions are my own.

About suze72

I've loved the arts all my life... I go to a lot of concerts, take lots of photos and want to share them. Every once in a while I do something other than a concert, too. The Boston area is full of opportunities to indulge my passion - I'd like to help make it yours too!

Posted on May 9, 2015, in concert photos, concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Kelly McCarthy

    Wow! Great review & fantastic photos! I’ve become a fan of Pink Martini!

  2. Thanks! It was a fun show to attend!

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