The wildly popular “pop exotica” band, PINK MARTINI, is a Central Coast favorite.  Cal Poly Arts is pleased to present  the group’s eagerly-awaited return engagement on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

In the absence of the band’s regular singer China Forbes, who is currently recovering from throat surgery, Pink Martini and band leader/pianist Thomas Lauderdale will feature world renowned guest singer Storm Large.  “With the sexiness of a lounge singer and the pipes of someone who wouldn’t be out of place at the Met, Large is the perfect leader-cum-pinup girl for Pink Martini.” (Cape Cod Times)

Says Lauderdale:  “(Storm) is a brilliant, beautiful, charismatic and seductive star who would give Jayne Mansfield a run for her money. While we are disappointed that China is unable to perform with us, I am delighted be able to introduce Storm Large to new audiences.”

The Pink Martini sound is a musical cocktail of genres.  Lauderdale elaborates: “We’re a bit like musical archeologists, digging through recordings and scores of years past and rediscovering beautiful songs…Pink Martini is a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure … if the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band.”

Pink Martini’s debut album Sympathique was released in 1997 and the group quickly became an international phenomenon.  That release was followed by Hang on Little Tomato in 2004 and Hey Eugene in 2007. All three albums have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide.  In 2009, Pink Martini released a live concert DVD, entitled Discover The World.

Comprised of twelve musicians, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand and North America. In 1998, Pink Martini made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony.  Since then, the band has gone on to play with over 25 orchestras around the world, including multiple engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Boston Pops, and the BBC Concert Orchestra in London.

Other appearances include the grand opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, with return sold-out engagements for New Year’s Eve 2003, 2004 & 2008; two sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall; the opening party of the remodeled Museum of Modern Art in NYC; the Governor’s Ball at the 80th Annual Academy Awards in 2008; and the opening of the 2008 Sydney Festival in Australia.

Student and adult tickets for the performance range from $24 to $76 and may be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

To order by phone, call 805/756-2787; to order by fax: 805/756-6088.

24-hour on-line ordering is available at

10% discount offered to groups of 10 or more. (Not applicable to student rates)

Sponsored by Lucia & Paul Vanderheyden and KCBX 90.1 FM.

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