Singing a “storm” at the Palladium • Current edition
With a powerful voice and racy humor, Storm Large has made an impact in previous appearances in Carmel.
“I thought Indiana would be more reserved, but there are some wild people,” Large said. “They don’t mind swearing or sexual references. They are very relaxed, not tense.
Large will perform in concert at 8 p.m. on November 20 at the Palladium of the Center for the Performing Arts.
Large will perform in concert at 8 p.m. on November 20 at the Palladium of the Center for the Performing Arts. Large, who has said his performance will be in both a sung and narrative cabaret style, will perform with a string quartet with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
“It’s going to be very romantic and very beautiful,” Large said. “There are going to be a few holiday songs. I think the next two years (performances are going to) directly address what we’ve all been and are still going through (in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic), and the commonalities that connect us instead of dividing us.
“We have all had the experience of being locked in and scared for a year.
Large says music is an escape.
“We are the ship,” Large said. “You don’t have to be just at home on Netflix. You must wear pants. You have to get outside. You have to be around other people with all the inconvenience that comes with it. We are social animals.
The large open-air cabaret suits his style. When she sang as the lead singer in rock bands, she said the band members would tell her to start the song and stop speaking to audiences.
“I was just telling a joke or something poignant that led to the next song,” Large said. “The rock groups were annoyed about it. I almost quit playing because I was fed up with that hamster wheel trying to get approval from those idiots who were just trying to hire the next person who was famous last year. It was disheartening and it was no longer fun. When I got back to it, I said I would only do it if it’s fun and creative and no one is trying to make me something that I’m not. If I’m having fun, then the audience is having fun.
“What a gift that your job is to make people happy. I haven’t looked back, and that was 20 years ago.
Large, who lives in Portland, Oregon, performs occasionally with Pink Martini, replacing for China Forbes. Pink Martini is also based in Portland.
For tickets, visit thecenterpresents.org. To learn more, visit stormlarge.com.