If you were to drive down this typical Portland street, you would never guess that 8 hours from the time this shot was taken, two of the most awesome musical artists would be taking the house down in one of the modest structures that line the curbs. The Secret Society is well hidden and easy to drive past. I know I did! But behind this seemingly paltry facade lives an entertainment mecca.
Yep! This storefront is it. For real, I have seen puppet shows with a bigger marquee. But if you look twice (I had to) you can see the “flyer” for Jane Siberry’s show. Here, I’ll give you a better look. Still is hard to see, but it’s there.
There is one fairly obvious clue that this place is a PLACE; and that is that it is flanked by two bars!
Inside and upstairs is a ballroom that seats about 120 people. Seeing Jane and k.d. like this was an unexpected delight. All the artists were practically within arm’s reach the whole time. Even though I stayed way in the back, I felt like I could have asked k.d. to “pass the butter” at any time.
For Jane Siberry fans it will be no surprise that this show was, well, “different”. Not exactly a holiday show, not exactly a spoken word performance, and not exactly a recital. Jane had 4 awesome artists with her (not counting k.d.). There was a pianist, a cellist, and two “back up” singers, who could have easily sold out the place on their own. Theses artists are Rebecca Jenkins and Ali Hughes, and WOW! Just shows you how extraordinarily talented k.d. is. For real, if we had not known about k.d., we would think that these girls were the best ever.
Jane was awesome. What an artist! I did not see any evidence of anyone professionally recording the show, but there was an uber cute tech guy in the back monitoring the lights, sound and such. Not sure if he was also recording.
OK…so what k.d. fans want to know is “what did k.d. sing?” The truth is, I do not fully know. She sang twice, each time as “backup” if you can call k.d. a backup singer. I would say k.d. was on stage a total of 10 minutes, so getting pics was not so easy! She also was very focused on what she was doing. Not the most smiles I have seen on k.d. The first song she sang along with the other 2 artists and Jane. I believe it was a Jane original for this show. And, of course, because Jane and k.d. are crowd pleasers, they sang “Calling all Angels” as the very last song.
k.d.’s voices sounded strong. I do not think it has “missed a step”. I would have to say that the same is true for Jane Siberry as well. She seemed to hit ultra high notes just as she as done her whole career.
I did want to mention how gracious k.d. was at this show. She played her part as a “guest” to a T. And even though the crowd, many of whom came JUST for k.d., kept barking requests, k.d. deferred politely and got off the stage fast. In fact, she was kind of like a ghost! I did not stay after the show, but Jane was slated to take photos with fans and sign paintings and so forth for those who wanted that. Obviously, I do not know if k.d. also did this, but I kind of doubt it since it was Jane’s gig.
Since I was in Portland this weekend, I am pretty sure that k.d. attended a demonstration during the day in downtown Portland. Then she totally changed gears and showed up to do this show. This impressed me the most. but then, I have been known to organize and attend many a demonstration in my time. So, kudos to you k.d. Maybe we will see more of this from you in the future.
So, that was my experience at the Secret Society.