k.d. lang and Her New Band, The Siss Boom Bang: Sunday, October 9, 7:00 pm

“Stay close to any sounds that make you glad that you are alive,” sums up the approach to music that has marked k.d. lang’s career. She is the rare performer who, with over 25 years as a major-label artist, has matured before our very ears.  The Canadian artist launched her career with a blend of country-rock stylings and a playful punk-like attitude. With turns of whimsy and the subversive, back then, she practically put the alternative in alt-country.  But from the very beginning her bravura singing belied her kitschy cowgirl outfits and spiky hair. Anyone lucky enough to attend her first appearances could hear that she was marked for greatness.  Never allowing herself to be pigeonholed, she was named at  the Grammys as the winner of the Best Female Country Vocal Performance but then combined her love of “country” with increasingly sophisticated, emotive torch singingLang fashioned her own sound with an  elegant and impassioned adult contemporary approach that become truly k.d. This led to her being awarded Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the Grammys. She has used material ranging from Steve Miller to Andre Previn and has collaborated in the studio and on stage with performers including Bonnie Raitt, Elton John and Tony Bennett.  After recording their A Wonderful World album, Bennett dubbed her “the best singer of her generation.”