Kyra Gordon and Kitty Crowe: Loving Janis
Celebrate Women’s History Month With the Debut of “Loving Janis”-The Music of Janis Joplin and Janis Ian Imagined & Performed by Kyra Gordon on Friday, March 23, 2018, 8pm at Ashkenaz, located at 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley CA 94702 (510) 525-5054
A Bay Area native, Kyra grew up in Oakland singing in choirs and acting in plays. She moved to Holloywood at 15 but found out when she was 17 that TV and Hollywood wasn't for her. After co-starring in the NBC show 'The 70's" the Bay Area native armed herself with a fake i.d. and landed her first singing gig on the Sunset Strip. Her musical journey took her to New Orleans, Hawaii and France, until finally returning home to the Bay Area in 2007. Local fans will be familiar with her work with the improvisational hip-hop group 'The Freeze". She was the first vocalist to graduate from the California Jazz Conservatory, where she was awarded the Mark Murphy Vocal Jazz Scholarship. She now teaches vocal classes for adults and teens at her Alma Mater. Kyra's vocals have appeared on soundtracks for the feature films “Owned” and “Bert.”
Kitty Crowe created her first liquid-projection light-show out of the contents of her kitchen in January of 1966 for "The Trips Festival" at Longshoremen's Hall in SF, where the band known as the “Warlocks” first appeared as “The Grateful Dead”. In 1967 she joined Roger Hilliard & Ben VanMeter's "North American Ibis Alchemical Co" light-show at the Family Dog's Avalon Ballroom. Bands that played live at the Avalon during that period include (but are not limited to): Doors, Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Buddy Guy, Youngbloods, Steve Miller Blues Band, Canned Heat,,Country Joe & the Fish, Steppenwolf, and Iron Butterfly.