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Bankhead Theater, Livermore CA, May 19, 2017
Storm Large, like her name suggests, is a larger than life character; part actor, songwriter, author, musician and chanteuse of the finest caliber. Rolling into Livermore’s Bankhead Theatre (which she humorously confused for Silicon Valley), Storm treated her fans to a typical show – eclectic song choices delivered in her powerful, clear vocal style combined with equal amounts bawdy personal anecdotes us Large-heads have come to relish. For the uninitiated; elderly season subscribers and the curious perhaps familiar with her stint in Pink Martini, shock and awe abounded. Large is not for the faint of heart; she’s bold, sassy and fearless, and nothing is off limits, from her breast implants, past drug addiction or sexual escapades. It’s not intended to shock, instead her openness is refreshing and illuminating.
Large is a musical chameleon, starting her career in the early San Francisco punk scene, moving on to grunge rock and peppering her sets with soaring ballads and intimate self-penned originals. Her “Call Me Crazy” is a heartfelt statement on her personal turmoil. Several selections are twists on romantic mental states like her phenomenal arrangement of Cole Porter’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, and Cheap Trick’s “I Want You to Want Me”. Large sucks you into each number with her vulnerability and intense performance art deliveries. Soon to honor Liza Minnelli, Large sang Kander and Ebb’s emotionally raw “Maybe This Time” from Cabaret, a role she’s quite familiar with having starred as Sally Bowles in 2007.
She had a hit with her original paean to her vagina with “Eight Miles Wide”, a comic sing-along and fan fave. Two set highlights were her touching original “Angels in Gas Stations”, written for the woman who provided a safe haven for the abandoned teen and “Inside Outside”, a raw and devastating comment on wanting to die from heartbreak. These songs perfectly showcase Large’s immense talents; keen sensitivity, emotional rawness, stunning vocals and riveting stage presence.
Storm Large is a true force of nature and by leaps and bounds, one of the finest voices performing these days (Maria and Lady G watch out). She packs a lot of talent in her 6-foot frame, and if she comes to your town, run to see her. In “Inside Outside” she deferentially sings “I’m not a shining star”; she may not act like one or accept that status, but the evidence suggests she is.