Monday, July 30, 2012

Jan Luby: Profiles from the Illustrations

Jan Luby, 2012. By Travis Simpkins

     My friend, Jan Luby... 
     
     Her website sums up her bio elegantly well, "Jan and her two siblings were born on the road to Vaudeville parents (a comedy juggler and an acrobat/dancer). Growing up back stage, living in a trailer, and traveling through 47 states before the age of seven primed her for her later entrance into the West Coast New Vaudeville scene. But first her family landed in Coney Island, New York, where as a teenager she acted and danced in the Everyman Company and Chalk Circle Players.
At the age of 20 Jan Luby escaped New York to head west, eventually making a name for herself in Santa Cruz, California as a solo singer/songwriter. She was one of the founders of the Santa Cruz Street Performers Guild and its open mic. It was in Santa Cruz that she hooked up with the likes of the Flying Karamazov Brothers, Tom Noddy (“The Bubble Guy”) and many other New Vaudeville performers and formed the comedy-musical duo Girls Who Wear Glasses with her partner, Rebo Flordigan. As part of the New Vaudeville circuit, Jan played clubs, fairs and festivals including The Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Edmonton Folk Festivals, the Milwaukee Harvest Festival, Oregon Country Fair, The Bear Mountain Festival of Music and Dance, Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival and The San Francisco Vaudeville Festival. As a solo performer Jan Luby is equally at home on a festival-stage in front of thousands as she is in more intimate settings, and has played coffeehouses, clubs, festivals and street-corners from Sweden to Greece and from New York and Boston to the Pacific Northwest. Upon moving to Boston in 1987, Jan helped to establish the open mic at the Nameless Coffeehouse. She has played all over New England, sharing stages with Loudon Wainwright III, Cheryl Wheeler, Bob Franke, Townes Van Zandt, Garnet Rogers, Lucie Blue Tremblay, Ani DiFranco, Dar Williams and many other noteworthy performers. After a long hiatus from performing to focus on being a mom, she is getting back into the fray with her CD, Nobody’s Girl, already getting airplay and rave reviews. She's already begun work on her next album, songs inspired by pregnancy and motherhood, as yet untitled.
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Jan Luby
Jan Luby, 2012. By Travis Simpkins
Jan Luby
Jan Luby, 2012. By Travis Simpkins
For more info, visit: http://janluby.com/home.cfm