You go, grrrl
From 1980s cowgrrrl punk to the smooth and silky chanteuse of the ’90s, K.D. Lang seemed to reinvent herself almost as much as Madonna did, at least for a while. There were incredible duets with the late Roy Orbison—and she’s the only voice around that’s ever come close to matching his on “Crying”—and with Tony Bennett. In recent years, she seems to have settled on standards, ballads and covers that showcase her voice, and the Mondavi Center ought to be just the place to hear what lovely sounds the Canadian crooner is capable of producing this Friday. Expect to hear a sampling of eclectic styles—she’s a little bit country, a little bit jazz, a little bit blues and a little bit rock ’n’ roll—all performed to perfection. And it’s a sure bet that fans will get a bit of Lang’s low-key sense of humor; after all, as she used to inform her fans right before breaking out the bubbles, she’s a “L-L-L-Lawrence Welk fan.” With or without the bubbles, though, we’re guaranteed some first-class vocalese. The Wood Brothers will open the show.