Remembering The Queen Of Psychedelic Soul
By Barbara Ziff
Janis Joplin was the feminine symbol of the1960’s counter culture, an icon of the Woodstock era and the first great female star of rock n’ roll. A Tribute To Janis Joplin featuring Carla Coto will play for three nights June 9, 16 and 20 in the new San Miguel Playhouse.
Janis was born in 1943 in Beaumont, Texas. She cultivated her rebellious manner singing blues in Austin and in San Francisco where she was recruited as the lead singer for the psychedelic acid-rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She later fronted her own groups, Kosmic Blues Band and Full Tilt Boogie Band. Janis is ranked 28th on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.
Her performances at The Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock and The Festival Express train tour are rock n’ roll landmarks. At the height of her career she was known as “Queen of Psychedelic Soul.”
Carla Coto, a rising star in Querétaro, will be singing in tribute to Janis. She began studying classical voice at age 12 and taught classical and jazz voice at Instituto de Música Santa Cecilia in Torreón. Carla now lives in Querétaro where she is known for her jazz, bossa nova and bolero performances. Over 700 fans packed each Janis performance in Torreón and Querétaro to hear her sing such favorites as Summertime, Mercedes Benz and Piece of My Heart.
Carla brings an electric stage presence and powerful voice to her passionate interpretation of Janis. Fans who remember Janis for the intensity of her performance will be thrilled by Carla’s renditions.
Carla Coto and her long time friend and guitarist Rolando Gotes created the show. Gotes wrote the arrangements and directs the band. He lives in San Miguel, teaches music and plays with various groups including the blues duo, Black Dice. In San Miguel the Siempre Swing Band is producing the show and will provide the musicians.
A Tribute to Janis will be performed in the intimate setting of the new San Miguel Playhouse at Avenida Independencia 82. The wine/beer café will open at the theater one hour before each performance. (Bell-bottoms and tie dyed shirts are welcome but optional!) There is free secured parking and a taxi service. Reserved seating tickets are on sale at the La Conexión office at Aldama 3, 180 pesos or US$12.