Kim Gordon in concert at the Key West Theater Proceeds to benefit Take Stock in Children
BY TERRY SCHMIDA
KONK LIFE STAFF WRITER
Beloved Key West singer Kim Gordon will perform “Let’s Be Bad,” a “sparkling, New York-style cabaret,” at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Proceeds from the show will benefit Take Stock in Children, which has provided scholarships to area students for 20 years.
“‘Let’s Be Bad’ is funny, romantic, swinging and features a stellar band that really cooks,” Gordon said.
With her versatile and powerful three-octave vocal range, Gordon can move from belting one moment to lush ballads the next. She and her band promise a high-energy musical mix weaving beloved Broadway, jazz and favorite standards with fun and irreverent cabaret.
Gordon puts months into creating each unique and new solo concert, always with top-flight musicians. For “Let’s Be Bad,” her crackerjack band includes bassist Joe Dallas, leader of the Paradise Big Band, special guest Dave Langett on saxophone, pianist and composer James King, and drummer Daniel Clark. These players each boast impressive backgrounds and skills. So much the better to take on Gordon’s varied program spanning Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim and Fats Waller classics, to music from “The Addams Family,” and the TV show “Smash.”
The concert will also salute the late, great Jerry Herman, a former Key Wester and giant of the Broadway musical scene who passed on last year.
“Let’s Be Bad,” will be followed by a champagne and dessert after party.
“Everybody loved it last year,” Gordon said. “And I hope they’ll stay for our party. It’s a nominal add-on to the ticket for delicious desserts and all the bubbly you can drink.
“We’re going to make some great music and help children right here in our community get the mentoring and education they need to succeed thanks to Take Stock in Children.”
“Let’s Be Bad” is a production of Music with Heart, Inc. the nonprofit organization Gordon founded to facilitate her charitable contributions to the community. She has been fundraising to help people in need in Monroe County for the past 17 years. To date, Gordon has raised more than $500,000 for area organizations, often through concert performances, earning her Lifetime Achievement and Unsung Hero awards in the process. Take Stock was selected as a beneficiary for its focus on helping “deserving, low income youth escape the cycle of poverty through education,” Gordon said. “It’s going to be a great night with a unique and polished production,” Gordon said. “And all for a truly good cause!”
Tickets for the show range from $40 to $85 and are available at www.thekeywesttheater.com
and at the theater box office. For information about sponsorships and Gordon’s own non-profit Music with Heart, Inc., visit www.KeysMusicWithHeart. com.