Singer k.d. lang is set to perform at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. k.d. lang is that rare performer who, over 25 years as a major-label artist, has grown in the public spotlight.
The Western Canada native launched her career with a blend of country-rock style and playfully punk-like attitude, practically putting the alternative in alt-country. From the very beginning, her bravura singing belied her kitschy cowgirl outfits and spiky hair; anyone lucky enough to attend her very first appearance in the U.S., on a triple bill of unsigned artists at New York City’s Bottom Line, could hear that she was marked for greatness.
lang independently released A Truly Western Experience in 1984, which generated serious major-label interest in the U.S. For her 1987 U.S. debut, lang joined Sire/Warner Bros., releasing Angel With A Lariat. A year later, lang’s follow-up Shadowland brought her to the heart of Nashville for a countrypolitan-themed collaboration helmed by legendary producer Owen Bradley, mentor to lang’s idol, Patsy Cline, as well as to Brenda Lee. Shadowland reached #8 on the Billboard Country Album chart.
In 1989, lang won a Grammy award for Absolute Torch and Twang (Best Female Country Vocal Performance). With the 1992, platinum-selling Ingenue she had fashioned a soundif not a genreall her own: an elegant and impassioned adult contemporary approach. Ingenue yielded her biggest hit, “Constant Craving,” as well as another Grammy, this time for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. On subsequent releases, lang continued to both fine-tune and expand the parameters of her songwriting and repertoire. All You Can Eat (1995) was the most experimental; the smoking-themed Drag (1997) underscored her gifts as an interpreter, utilizing material by composers ranging from Steve Miller and Air Supply to Jane Siberry; and Invincible Summer (2000) was perhaps her most sultry, a collection featuring bossa nova inflections and dreamy electronics.
With Hymns of the 49th Parallel, her 2005 Nonesuch Records debut, lang presented her most compelling set of material by other songwriters, as well as a gorgeous version of her own “Simple.” lang’s interpretation of Leonard Cohen’s oft-covered “Hallelujah” is understatedly stunning; with good reason, it has become, along with her breathtaking cover of Roy Orbison’s “Crying,” an in-concert showstopper. The next studio release, the beautiful and self-assured Watershed (2008), was lang’s first effort acting as producer along with singer and songwriter. In 2011, lang released Sing It Loud under k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang which landed at #32 on The Billboard 200 and feature songs “Sugar Buzz” and “The Water’s Edge.”
Doors at the Pearl will open at 7 p.m. and show time is 8 p.m. The Pearl Box Office is open daily from noon until 7:00 p.m. with extended hours on select event days. For more information on upcoming concerts, please call 702-942-6888. The Pearl is sponsored by Citi and is now on Twitter. Please follow @PearlatPalms for concert announcements and event information.
UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE PEARL
- Sept. 17 – Maroon 5; $65.50, $75.50, $85.50 &$100.50 (All tickets include a $.50 donation for Maroon 5’s charity)
- Sept. 18 – Fabolous with Jadakiss and Styles P.; $39, $49, $69 & $89
- Sept. 23 – Strikeforce Challengers; $44, $69 & $99
- Sept. 30 – Erasure; $35, $45 & $65
- Oct. 9 – Lupe Fiasco; $39, $49, $59, $79 & $89
- Oct. 13 – Steely Dan; $75, $85 & $150
- Oct. 22 – k.d. lang; $39, $49, $59 & $69
- Oct. 29 – Louis C.K.; $53, $63 & $83
About the Pearl
The Pearl is Las Vegas’ premier concert theater boasting accommodations for up to 2,500 ticket holders. Featuring a stage just four feet from the floor and the farthest seating area being a mere 120 feet from the stage, the Pearl offers the utmost in intimate viewing of your favorite acts. Private and semi-private skyboxes are located on each side of the venue offering private bars, lounges and restrooms. The Pearl is a marvel of modern technology using only top quality sound and video equipment throughout. Hard wired to Studio at the Palms, the Pearl allows artists to create a cost-effective live album with efficiency and without additional venue set-up. For more information, please visit www.palms.com.