Originally Published: January 10, 2019 8:42 p.m.
Take a worldwide musical adventure with Pink Martini and its blending of American music with a world music vibe as the group returns to the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center.
The group has been around for 25 years and was created out of pianist and founder Thomas Lauderdale’s desire to have music that had an appeal to conservatives as well as liberals at political fundraisers.
“The idea was to bring a little bit of ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ to political fundraising,” Lauderdale said, adding he kept thinking he “would get back into politics at some point but 25 years later, it’s not happened.”
The group spends a lot of time traveling abroad and every time it goes to a new country they try to write a song in the language of the country they’re in or they’ll perform an older song they’ve found, he said. As such, the people they’re spending time with determines a lot of the repertoire, Lauderdale said. He also mentioned he’ll pick up music he listens to or finds in records stores.
Pink Martini takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Tickets range from $32 to $66 with a $4 ticketing fee added to each purchased ticket. There is also a pre-show dinner at 5:30 p.m. by Gabby’s Catering Service. Tickets for the dinner are $36.
Tickets for the show and dinner are available online at www.ycpac.com, by calling 928-776-2000 or at the box office. A menu for the dinner is also available online.
Pink Martini performed at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center in 2017 and Lauderdale said they had a great time and were looking forward to coming back. The set this time will have some new songs as well as a lot of older songs, he said.
The group’s job is to give the people in the audience an unforgettable experience and a reason to leave their home, Lauderdale said. It has a broad appeal and he hopes everyone will be in a conga line by the end of it, he said.
“It’s one of the few places where people who are of different political beliefs and persuasions can be together under one rooftop,” Lauderdale said.
For more information about Pink Martini, visit www.pinkmartini.com.
By Jason Wheeler, follow him on Twitter @PrescottWheels, reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037.