VAN WERT — Rock fans will be able to hear classics “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit” as Jefferson Starship takes the stage at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.
Today’s Jefferson Starship, which includes original members singer David Freiberg and drummer Donny Baldwin, invites its audience through a trip back in time to relive its eight gold and platinum albums and 20 hit singles from 1974 to 1984.
The band also includes long-time members Chris Smith on keyboards and keyboard bass, Jude Gold on guitar and Cathy Richardson, who was hand selected by Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick.
Richardson said she grew up a Jefferson Starship fan and still has the albums and T-shirts from the concerts she went to.
“Never in my dreams did I think I would be in the band, it’s still crazy to me,” she said. “When you grow up loving music, it’s stitched into your soul. There’s this karmic thing that has brought us all together at this time.
It’s important to us to be authentic with it and the musical integrity of what it was,” Richardson added. “Grace Slick is an icon of music, she’s just not just a rock star, she’s almost a deity in the world of rock and roll, especially for female artists. I take that responsibility very seriously, but I also have a lot of fun with it too.”
The band has also been working on new music, and even collaborating with Slick, that will be added into each show.
“(Richardson) has a very powerful voice that lends itself well to the ‘60s and ‘70s hits, the first ones that made them so famous,” said Tafi Stober, Niswonger Center marketing director. “There’s a grittiness to her that will take people back to that era.”
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