Concert Review: ‘Storm Large’ at AMP Strathmore

Storm Large
Maryland Theatre Guide

“I make music out of the voices in my mind.” This lyric compellingly represents the eclectic career of Storm Large, who certainly loomed large on stage this past weekend at AMP Strathmore.

Storm Large’s career is almost as distinctive and unique as her name; she has performed all over the world and sings in multiple languages. She is perhaps best known from her appearance on CBS’s Rockstar: Supernova reality show in 2006 and her collaboration with the multi-lingual band Pink Martini. When she took the stage at AMP Strathmore, in an amazing slinky black dress, she jokingly wished the audience “good morning,” as she had just returned from touring in Europe. However, you would never have known that the person who was about to perform for the next 90 minutes was anything but at top form. Part rock show, part stand-up comedy with a dash of self-actualization thrown in, Storm Large is truly a tour-de-force performer.

…Storm Large is truly a tour-de-force performer.

She began the show by sharing the theme – love songs. But she told us not to expect “standards,” but more classics with her distinctive twist. “A standard is forever, but so are a lot of things that suck,” she said wryly. As the sun cast shadows through the window walls onto her ukulele, Storm chatted with the audience as she settled into her set. Her opening song was fan favorite “Call Me Crazy,” which acts as a kind of personal introduction to both her music and personality.

An early standout was a minor-keyed rendition of Cole Porter’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” It was reminiscent of “Uninvited” by Alanis Morisette, in that sometimes love is not always a pleasant or happy state of affairs. This version appears on her latest album, Le Bonheur. She switched effortlessly from rock goddess to sultry chanteuse, performing “Ne me quitte pas (Don’t Leave Me.) The ease with which she switched musical styles and adapted her voice so deftly amazed this reviewer. She sang with the pureness of a Broadway star and then growled into the mic in turns, both with equal vigor and success.
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