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A little piece of Janis Joplin will be shared Saturday at C2G tribute concert

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Tribute to Janis Joplin

What: Kat Bowser performs Joplin songs with a full band in a tribute concert, “Buried Alive in the Blues: A Tribute to Janis Joplin.” Megan King opens.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: C2G Music Hall, 323 W. Baker St.
Cost: $12 advance, $15 day of show. Tickets available in advance at Wooden Nickel Music locations, 3627 N. Clinton St., 3422 N. Anthony Blvd. and 6427 W. Jefferson Blvd.; Neat Neat Neat Records and Music, 1836 S. Calhoun St.; and www.brownpapertickets.com.

Joplin timeline

•Born Jan. 19, 1943, in Port Arthur, Texas.
•She was musically influenced by Lead Belly, Bessie Smith and Big Mama Thornton in her teens, and she dabbled in folk music and painting.
•In 1963, Joplin moved to San Francisco to the Haight-Ashbury underground music scene.
•Played with Big Brother and the Holding Company (1966-68), Kozmic Blues Band (1969-70) and Full Tilt Boogie Band (1970). Also did a short stint with the Grateful Dead.
•Recorded four albums: “Big Brother and the Holding Company” (1967), “Cheap Thrills” (1968), “I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!” (1969) and “Pearl” (1971), the last of which was released posthumously. “Pearl” became the biggest-selling album of her career.
•Performed at the Monterey Pop and Woodstock festivals, as well as with the Festival Express train tour through Canada.
•Joplin described her singing three months before her death. “I just opened my mouth, and that's what I sounded like. ... You can't make up something that you don't feel. You give up every constant in the world except music. That's the only thing in the world you got.”
•Died of a drug overdose Oct. 4, 1970, in Room 105 at the Landmark Motor Hotel in Hollywood. Since renamed the Highland Gardens Hotel, people can spend the night in the room in which Joplin died — just as Bowser and Hornsby have done.
•One of her last recordings is John Lennon's birthday greeting, which he received after her death.
•“The Rose” (1979), a film loosely based on Joplin's life, was nominated for four Academy Awards.
•In 1988, the Janis Joplin Memorial, featuring a bronze sculpture by artist Douglas Clark, was unveiled in Port Arthur, Texas.
•Joplin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and posthumously given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
•In 2012, Columbia/Legacy Recordings released “Janis Joplin — The Pearl Sessions,” a two-disc set premiering newly discovered studio recordings.
•Janis Joplin will be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013.
Source: Sony Music Entertainment

It takes place on what would have been singer's 70th birthday

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 12:01 am

Music fans of the 1960s will be in for a gem of a show when the music of Janis Joplin rocks C2G Music Hall. The concert takes place Saturday, which would have marked Joplin's 70th birthday.

Kat Bowser, accompanied by her musician husband, Mark Hornsby, and other locally and nationally known musicians, will perform the tribute to the soulful, bluesy Joplin — nicknamed Pearl — who died in October 1970 from a drug overdose.

“Pearl” also is the name of her last album, which was released posthumously in 1971 and features “Me & Bobby McGee” and “Mercedes Benz.” Joplin's other hits include “Ball and Chain,” “Kozmic Blues” and “Piece of My Heart.”

Though Bowser will be the first to say she hopes people don't attend the show thinking she is a Joplin imitator, one cannot ignore the signature raspy voice, the free-flowing frizzy hair and the cackle laugh as Joplin had. Bowser is quick to admit the raspy voice comes naturally, because she does not smoke.

“I like what she tried to embody in her work and wanted others to feel,” Bowser said.

It is that feeling Bowser tries to emulate for the audience.

Bowser hails from Kansas City, where she became involved in choirs and bands as a kid.

“It's just something I've always enjoyed,” she said.

Her love of music led her to gigs in Nashville and Florida. She has toured with Oleta Adams and Jon Secada and has opened for Tony Bennett.

She also sang Joplin tunes when performing with blues bands.

“We got a good response,” she said.

From there, the idea was born to develop a tribute show.

“We tried it once, and it continues to grow,” Hornsby said.

They have played a half-dozen Joplin tribute shows, which are difficult to do because they perform 1 1/2 hours of pure Joplin-style music.

Bowser's vocals are accompanied by Brian MacLeod on drums, Daniel Fisher on keyboards/organ, Mitch Gallagher on guitar, John Hinchey on trombone, Chuck Surack on saxophone, Brett Kelsey on trumpet and Hornsby on bass.

MacLeod lives in Los Angeles and has accompanied Sheryl Crow and Tears for Fears. Fisher helped form the Pink Floyd tribute band Pink Droyd. Hinchey is an accomplished arranger, composer and music director. Surack is owner of Sweetwater Sound, and Hornsby is director of music production and artist relations at Sweetwater Productions.

An editorial director at Sweetwater, Gallagher has written for Premiere magazine and was editor of EQ magazine.

“To work with people of that caliber as a player is inspiring and fun,” he said.

Hornsby and Bowser, who moved in 2012 to Fort Wayne, look forward to booking more Joplin tribute shows.

“People enjoy Janis' music,” Hornsby said. “She was one of a kind for her time.”