More than a dozen tunes from the legendary Woodstock '69 concert will be tackled by a large cast of kids and adults in the Premier Centre for the Arts annual "Peace Jam" concert on Friday and Saturday.
"Peace Jam," also known as "Woodstock," will feature more than 25 performers (comprised of singers and musicians) covering tunes from Woodstock icons like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin for about one hour and 40 minutes.
The Middletown Transcript caught up with singer and pianist Jill Kairis, 16, of Middletown, to see what songs she'll be performing, and more, as she heads into her fourth "Peace Jam."
Q How excited are you to be a part of another "Peace Jam?"
A It's really exciting, because over the past four years a lot of people have come in, and we also have some of the same people that were in the first one I did, so it's a lot of fun.
Q What songs will you perform in this show?
A I'm singing "Our House" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and that's really cool because it'll only be my second time playing an instrument while singing. So I'm kind of nervous about that, but I'm excited, too.
Q Are you more comfortable singing or playing the keys in a concert setting?
A I used to sing and then I started playing the keys on stage as well. The more I started playing the keys the more I started feeling more comfortable with it. I think overall I enjoy playing keys more on stage. And I get more nervous singing than I do playing the piano.
Q Why's that?
A I'm self-conscious about my voice, I guess.
Q Do you also shy away from singing because you need to make more eye contact with listeners?
A Exactly. You have to make more of a connection with the audience.
Q What other songs will you tackle?
A I'm singing "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" by Sly and the Family Stone. Then I'm playing keys on "Me and Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin. Cody Munzert's singing "Fire" by Jimi Hendrix and I'm singing backup for him on that. That's going to be cool because Cody used to be my piano and vocal teacher at PCA. I'm also playing organ on "Cry Me a River" by Joe Cocker.
Page 2 of 2 - Q Do you remember your first "Peace Jam" show?
A I do! I sang "Boris the Spider" by The Who and I was a nervous wreck before heading on stage [laughs]. And it ended up being fine, except that I forgot the last verse. But I've come a long way.
Q If you could add three bands to Woodstock '69, which ones would you've like to see?
A I think it would've been the coolest thing in the world if The Beatles, Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones played at Woodstock. I really wish they did. They're like my three favorite bands.
IF YOU GO
WHAT "Peace Jam" live concert
WHEN 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26
WHERE Premier Centre for the Arts, 27 Anderson St., Middletown
INFO pcade.com or 378-1384