Pink Martini describes their sound as a “rollicking around-the-world musical adventure,” and with a live concert coming to Meijer Gardens Friday, July 8, visitors can experience the adventure for themselves.
Unique and eclectic, this 12-piece band draws inspiration from all genres of music –mixing classical, jazz, and old-fashioned pop to create a sound that is entirely their own. “If the United Nations had a house band in 1962 hopefully Pink Martini would be that band,” says band leader Thomas Lauderdale.
The group has sold over 2 million albums worldwide. Their latest release, Splendor in the Grass (2009), features several songs in a classic Pink Martini style alongside a departure into 1970s, modernist minimalism, classic ranchera, and swing.
The tremendously talented Storm Large will be filling in for lead singer China Forbes, who is taking a medical leave of absence to recent surgery on her vocal chords. Storm Large has been performing around the world for over 15 years, and is, as band leader Lauderdale says, a “brilliant, beautiful, charismatic and seductive star who would give Jayne Mansfield a run for her money.” She recently joined the band in April for a few sold out shows in WashingtonD.C.
Tickets are still available for Pink Martini’s July 8 show at theMeijerGardens. Cost is $45 for non-members. Doors open at 6 pm and the show starts at 7 pm.