Windy City Media Group Frontpage News Home
CELEBRATING 28+ YEARS OF Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender NEWS

Search Gay News Articles
Advanced Search
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2014-09-17
Download Issue
  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime

Maria Mejia writes about her HIV battle Maria Mejia writes
about her HIV battle
Maria Mejia has long heard that she should write her autobiography, but ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  Windy City Times

Market Days: Cathy Richardson Rocks On
by Charlsie Dewey
2007-08-08

facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


Local fans who have been missing the frenzied performances and powerful vocal chords of Cathy Richardson since she moved to San Francisco last year will get the opportunity to actually see her twice in Chicago this month. Richardson—who learned to rock out to Heart and has been playing the part of Janis Joplin on and off for eight years in the off-Broadway musical Love, Janis—has been touring this summer with Joplin's original band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and will perform with the band at Northalsted Market Days as well as with her own Cathy Richardson Band. Windy City Times spoke with Richardson about her many projects.

Windy City Times: Well, I know you are touring right now with Big Brother and the Holding Company for the Summer of Love 40th Anniversary Tour. How did that come about and what has the experience been like?

Cathy Richardson: The experience has been great so far. I'd been doing this Janis Joplin play [ Love, Janis ] on and off since 1999, and I know Sam Andrews from Big Brother through that. ... I don't know why they haven't asked me to sing with them before now, but I'm glad. Now that I'm doing it, it's going so well. I just hope they keep asking me.

The Summer of Love was a very political time, and some people are trying to make comparisons and parallels with the Iraq War and Vietnam—is there a political vibe to the tour or is it just let's go out and have fun?

Nobody is talking about anything political on stage. ... It's about the music. I mean, to me, that was the most important time in rock and roll history…the music and those people that were there who made that music. The music wasn't necessarily political but it was like the soundtrack to the times and what was going on in San Francisco. I think it was a beautiful, awesome time. ... It was cool.

WCT: You played the famous Monterey location [ scene of the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival ] on July 28-29. That must have been amazing.

CR: It was. It's so funny how your fantasy is so different from how it is in real life. I didn't know what to expect. I was taken aback at how small the space was. In the movie it seems like a football stadium. It's really not that big... [ but ] looking at it, it's like, 'Wow, that's the stage and that's where Clive Davis was sitting.' ... It's just a crazy thing to imagine back then with all these famous people there milling around in the crowd.

WCT: Do you have a favorite Joplin song you like performing?

CR: Out of the Big Brother stuff, something I really get a kick out of singing is Combination of the Two and, of course, Ball and Chain. Actually, the highlight of the Big Brother show is a new song they have called Hold Me. ... I just love her soul period; that's when she was doing her best singing. That stuff seems to really fit in my breadbasket; it feels just like an extension of me.

WCT: So, you will be in Chicago next for the NortHalsted Market Days, both with your band, the Cathy Richardson Band, on Aug. 11, and with Big Brother on Aug. 12. What is it like to play in Chicago?

CR: I love Chicago. That's where I've been my whole life. I've only been living in San Francisco for a year now, and I go back all the time. That's where my biggest support system is and fan base, so it's great. It takes a lot of pressure off of me. I don't have to win these people over, because right now that's the story of my life. I go out there in these new towns and people have their arms folded and they're like, 'Okay—impress me,' and you've got these huge shoes to fill. So when I get up on stage in Chicago at Market Days, which I've played many times, it's just relaxed. Everybody is out there. They're singing along; they're totally with you; and they're your friends and family.

I'm so excited to be able to bring Big Brother here. They recorded their first album [ the self-titled Big Brother and the Holding Company ] on Mainstream Records, an indie label out of Chicago.

WCT: What can the audience expect from the Cathy Richardson Band and from the Big Brother performance?

CR: It's totally different. I write some blues songs, but I call my music rock and roll, where I would say Big Brother is more blues. When I'm singing with Big Brother, I am basically doing my version of Janis, but when I sing with my band, it's my voice, which is quite different. I have an amazing band, too.

WCT: You are also promoting your new CD, Delusions of Grandeur, and I was wondering what that album is like in comparison to other albums you've put out?

CR: This record is extremely personal; I was definitely making it for myself. My whole life, I've put thought into what will be commercially successful and [ tried ] to craft my songs in that way.

Two records ago I had basically two albums worth of material and I was trying to make cohesive albums that work together. So, I took the happier, poppier, lighter songs and made the Road to Bliss, and as soon as that was done, I started on Delusions, which was a little bit darker [ and ] a little bit sadder. We'd been nominated for a Grammy for the album art for the Road to Bliss, so we thought that we had to top it this time and the artwork and the whole album is very elaborate. The inside painting took Bill Dolan a year to do. He recreated a Pannini masterpiece.

See www.crband.com .


facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.

The show must go on: A season of musicals and operas is coming 2014-09-17
Gay music legend dies; O'Donnell on Boomer List; Staples honored 2014-09-17
ENTERTAINMENT NOTES Performances, appearances and releases 2014-09-17
MUSIC Mikey Wax, Brendan James fill SPACE 2014-09-16
MUSICAL ROUNDUP 'Mud' about Riot Fest 2014-09-16
Lea Delaria, Artemis at Lakeside Pride Women in Music Nov. 16 2014-09-15
Words or Music? Renee Fleming & Mark Strand 2014-09-12
Over the Rainbow Gilda's benefit at Sidetrack Nov. 12 2014-09-11
MUSIC Sinead O' Connor isn't bossy, she's the boss 2014-09-09
Trans* activist Jones headlines release party 2014-09-09
Music news: Barbra, Blige and more 2014-09-09
NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Colbie Caillat gives music a new 'Try' 2014-09-09
MUSIC Billy Bragg's a real riot, talks 'Sexuality' 2014-09-09
Streisand Channel, Neil Patrick weds, Sam Smith does 'Fast Car' 2014-09-09
Alan Cumming in Conversation Oct. 13 at Music Box 2014-09-08
Chita Rivera Moraine Valley Community College Sept. 27 2014-09-05
Malinowski new director of Lakeside's shhh...OUT! 2014-09-05
North Coast turns five 2014-09-02
Carell's gay film; Bomer's Horror Story; Gaga joins Lambert 2014-09-02
MUSIC London Grammar: A Brit parade 2014-09-02
Ariana & The Rose: Flowering act on LGBTs, Ariana 2014-09-02
Michelle Chamuel in Chicago Dec. 15 2014-09-02
Organist Carpenter part of symphony series 2014-08-30
Musical theater incubator launches with Chicago-native/Broadway stars 2014-08-27
Miley, Beyonce make news at VMAs 2014-08-27
Indigo Girls joining Nettles Aug. 29 in Aurora 2014-08-27
Michael Jackson tribute Aug. 28-30 in Gary, Indiana 2014-08-27
BENT NIGHTS Steely Dan; Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 2014-08-26
Amy Grant remix CD, 'In Motion,' available 2014-08-26
'Donny & Marie' in Aurora Aug. 27-31 2014-08-26
Robyn flies into Chicago, lands at Pritzker Pavilion 2014-08-26
Snoop to headline acts at North Coast Music Festival 2014-08-26
E3 Radio to host 'Purple Tie' event 2014-08-26
Streisand's new CD; Bourdain's support; Latifah's kiss 2014-08-20
Gay singer Matt Gold at Jackhammer Aug. 22 2014-08-20
Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey on touring and Howard Jones 2014-08-19
A change is coming for out performer Darrian Ford 2014-08-19
BENT NIGHTS Soddy Daisy and Donkey Hotel 2014-08-18
Smith first UK male artist to debut single #1 on AAA, AC, Pop 2014-08-14
Barbra Streisand, top male vocalists duet on new album 2014-08-14





Copyright © 2014 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
the online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 



 

Trans* woman claims self-defense in case
 
REELING FILM FESTIVAL Max Adler of 'Glee' runs amok in Saugatuck
 
Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame selects next inductees
 
Mother of Eisha Love: Heartbreak and courage
 
NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Ryan Czerwonko's 'Dead' reckoning
 
Windy City Times Current DownloadNightspots Current DownloadQueercast Current Download
Windy City Media Group BlogsJoin Our Email List!Donate Now








  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video      News Videos      Nightspots Videos      Entertainment Videos      Queercast Videos      Comedy Videos     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.