Has Judy Collins ever lost her timing, even this late in her career?
Sondheim allusions aside (she turned his 1973 Broadway show tune, “Send in the Clowns,” into a Grammy-winning hit single in 1976), it’s doubtful the vocal purity of Collins has lost anything, and that’s saying a whole lot when you consider her career spans almost five decades.
When she plays The Dakota at 7 p.m. on April 27, Collins is sure to offer her own special mix of melodic gems to help the audience get over their collective mid-week slump.
Those gems come from everywhere — original songs, classic covers, lonely mountain ballads and rueful folk chart-toppers — and, once set, they reveal a pretty incredible tiara. If she’s had success with covers in the past, it’s because Collins can somehowtake any song and make it her very own. But, never by force, seemingly by magic.
Once described by the New York Times as a folk “goddess,” Collins seems to toss such accolades aside, favoring instead to take the emotional temperature of the room, share a story or two, and then imbue the proceedings with her famous mellow vibrato. Expect her to brand her vocal mark on everyone from Joni Mitchell to Harry Chapin, Sondheim to the Beatles. And, expect to learn a little bit more of her biography, that is to say her human side, which is only fair: it’s through her singing that we’ve learned how to be a little more human ourselves.
Her partner in magic this time around is Ari Hest, the Bronx-born rock, acoustic, and pop singer-songwriter. The son of a jingle writer, Hest went on to graduate from Cornell University, and his dream of playing a gig in Hawaii finally came true when he went on tour with Collins.
Now, honestly, does this sound like a pair you would pass up spending a night with?
If you go
- What: Judy Collins and Ari Hest
- When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27
- Where: Dakota Jazz Club, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
- Tickets: $60-$75
- On the web: www.dakotacooks.com/event/an-evening-with-judy-collins-and-ari-hest