How refreshing to find a vocal artist starting a cabaret show with a different “I’m Still Here” song.
The one Sarah Dash did at 54 Below the other night was fiery and proud and alive–and not the same old one everyone else does (which I also adore, mind you).
Dash has always been individual.
She was one of Patti Labelle and the Bluebelles, the ’60s group which eventually morphed into Labelle–the power girl group who in the ’70s had the original smash with the sizzling “Lady Marmalade,” which they sang wearing miles of what looked like aluminum foil. Oh, you should have been there–especially when they were the first black group to play the Metropolitan Opera House!
As a solo artist, Sarah’s still got luscious pipes, and she soulfully applies them to jazzy renditions of standards, as well as a Laura Nyro tribute (Labelle and Nyro did the classic Gonna Take a Miracle album), and some feelgood gospel too. At 54 Below, she was in total control of the stage, even as her fans joined her to do wild dances or bow and scrape before her hem.
It was all a taste of her upcoming stage show, Sarah Dash: One Woman, and I’m one man who will be there in feverish anticipation.