Few artists have defined an era of music. But then again, few artists can compare to Janis Joplin.
While many of her female peers in the 1960s were dabbling in folk and jazz-influenced styles, the brash, fiery vocalist from Port Arthur, Texas, was following the lead of British male vocalists like Mick Jagger and Eric Burdon, who fronted bands that were putting their own spin on the sound of African-American blues artists and introducing that sound to a mainstream white audience.
Drawn to the blues sounds of the likes of Big Mama Thornton and Bessie Smith, Joplin developed her own raw vocal style and along with Grace Slick helped define the psychedelic San Francisco sound of the late 1960s when she fronted Big Brother and the Holding Company, Kozmic Blues Band, and finally the Full Tilt Boogie Band until her untimely death in 1970.
Joplin’s style of clothing and her trademark accessories including beads, boas and feathers, refusal to wear makeup, her outspoken political views and opinions regarding female sexuality and her no-nonsense manner of speaking, along with her from-the-gut vocals set her apart from the pack. Those attributes made her not only an icon for her time, but for generations of female singers to come, all the way to the 21st century with pop singer Pink citing Joplin as a key influence and including Joplin songs in her set.
And now, fittingly, it’s taken another Texas singer to push the vocal envelope and create an award-winning Janis Joplin concert tribute - Kozmic Pearl: The Ultimate Janis Joplin Experience - with a three-man backing group that has left audience members marveling at her ability to recreate Joplin’s San Francisco sound when she reached her peak in 1969.
Myrna Sanders, a Houston singer who has recorded her own original music and has been part of that city’s scene for more than 20 years, has put together a nearly two-hour set list that includes many rare performances and the kind of bluesy material that defined the Joplin sound.
To be sure, Kozmic Pearl: The Ultimate Janis Joplin Experience concerts include all of the singer’s hits such as Piece of My Heart, Me & Bobby McGee, Summertime, Move Over and the stunning rendition of Ball & Chain, the song that put Joplin on the musical map when she blew away the audience at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.
But it also features songs such as Misery’N, Raise Your Hands, Women is Losers and Intruder, that showcase the high-octane range of Joplin’s style.
“I’ve always had the greatest respect for Janis Joplin’s decision to follow her own path,” says Sanders. “I had no idea how much her music inspired me throughout my career until I pulled together this musical concert tribute. I’m hoping we can reach not only her long-time fans but turn on a new generation to her ground-breaking contribution to rock.”
Myrna Sanders: Janis Joplin - vocals
Greg Barr: Bass and backing vocals
Dave Thomas: Drums and backing vocals
Laura Magers: Keyboards and backing vocals
Paul Nussbaum: rhythm/lead guitar
Janis Joplin, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Kozmic Blues Band, Full Tilt Boogie Band, Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Zombies, the 13th Floor Elevators, Fevertree, and any other 60's psychedelic music
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 45 - 120 minutes
Audiences who have attended Kozmic Pearl concerts always rave about how authentic they felt the show was and how Myrna Sanders channels Janis Joplin in her performance of the 60's blues legend.
24 channel mixer
3-4 stage monitors
full p.a. system including 4 vocal mics and at least 8 drum mics
full stage lighting
As Good as You’ve Been to This World
A Woman Left Lonely
Ball and Chain
Buried Alive in the Blues
Bye Bye Baby
Catch Me Daddy
Down on Me
Flower in the Sun
Get it While You Can
I Need A Man to Love
Me & Bobby McGee
One Good Man
One Night Stand
Piece of My Heart
Raise Your Hand
To Love Somebody
Women is Losers
Work Me Lord
Available for Your
Bar/Lounge, Birthday Party, Casino, Casting Call, Christmas Party, Club/Nightclub, Concert Venue, Convention, Corporate Event, Cruise, Fair, Festival, Fundraiser, Grand Opening, Halloween Party, Holiday Party, Hotel, Launch Party, Parade, Private Party, Restaurant, Reunion, Sporting Event, Studio Session, Trade Show, Wedding Reception
Janis Joplin Tributes in Houston, Texas Event not near Houston, Texas?
Search a different location
When booking a Janis Joplin Tribute…
Whether you hire Kozmic Pearl - The Ultimate Janis Joplin Tribute or other Janis Joplin Tributes in Houston for your party, wedding, or event, Gig Salad makes it super-easy to book professional Janis Joplin Tributes.
We strongly recommend that all communication be kept on the Gig Salad Booking Platform as you book your Janis Joplin Tribute. When you do, we’re able to offer numerous benefits that we can’t guarantee if you take communication or deposit payment off the Gig Salad platform. Our booking system is easy to use and handles secure deposit payments from you to the Houston Janis Joplin Tribute of your choice.
Additionally, the quote/agreement sent from your Janis Joplin Tribute to you using the Gig Salad platform, should outline performance fees, extras, arrival and departure times, cancellation policy, insurance information and other details.