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TRIBUTE: Jody, Janis and Stevie, Together Again

Jodi JosephThree faces of Shore music legend Jody Joseph are onstage at the Strand Center for the Arts

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Time: 8 p.m.
Where: Strand Center for the Arts, 400 Clifton Ave, Lakewood NJ 08701
Cost: VIP $40 (includes a buffet dinner at the Strand Gallery Ballroom/Regular $20
Box Office: Contact Box Office for information and tickets: www.strand.org or call 732-730-5925

April 18, 2013 – In this corner, the iconic Janis Joplin — the Texas tornado who so briefly and decisively tore across the musical landscape of the late 1960s, schooling that peace-and-love generation in the meaning of the blues.

On the opposite end of the stylistic spectrum, Stevie Nicks — the California curiosity-shop coquette whose elf-queen persona has been described as having “cast an arcane and eldritch spell — turning the wasteland of mainstream music into a lush forest (and scattering small woodland creatures before her formidable boots).”

Ask Monmouth County award winning, singer, songwriter and teacher, Jody Joseph, what these rock doyennes have in common, and she’ll tell you “absolutely nothing; nothing in common.” On closer investigation, however, the long-gone Joplin and the still-touring Nicks share a very real bond — one that goes by the name of Jody Joseph.

A performer of impeccable musical pedigree: her family tree includes cousins Jon Bon Jovi, and the beloved American tenor Mario Lanza. Jody Joseph is the diminutive dynamo known as “The Hardest Working Woman in Shore Business.” She is the proud recipient of the “Living Legend 2009” from the Asbury Music Awards.

On the evening of Saturday, April 27, Jody Joseph and her band, Jon “Huey” Tatlow, B. Jay Willis, Robert Kipp, Jon Rotman, Johnna Orrico and Liz Pesche, take the stage of another high-profile Shore area venue — the Strand Center for the Arts — for a special concert presentation entitled One Diva-One Legend-One Woman.

A newly revised edition of a show that was first seen at Asbury Park’s Paramount Theatre in 2009, 1D1L1W is a three-part concert that presents the versatile vocalist (who regularly channels a jukebox-worth of female and male pop icons through her own considerable talents) in character as Nicks in the first act and Joplin in the third.

In the center of the program — and at the heart of this labor of love — stands Jody Joseph herself; a writer of original compositions and a star-quality performer, who has become a household name.

“I’ve done Janis songs and Stevie songs for years, but I never thought of doing a whole show around either one,” explains Joseph, adding that she “didn’t want to spend a whole night being other people” without a chance to show how those artists have influenced her own work.



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