Ray talks to Thomas Lauderdale, founder of Pink Martini:
Two months ago, I had heard of the Pink Panty Pulldown, though admittedly not at all since my college days, but I had not heard of Pink Martini.
Pink Martini is a band. A damn good one, too. I wish I could tell you what kind of band they are, but categorizing them would be a disservice. They play old school bachelor pad songs. They play ballads that will make you bawl your eyes out. They interpolate classical pieces within standards. I’m sure they’d do a heck of a pro wrestler entrance theme if I asked nicely. Pink Martini also has adapted their unique style to that of another outstanding group, and together they are releasing (next week) a bad arse album. They and that other group, our old pals The Von Trapps, are playing the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre Saturday night (March 1).
The Von Trapps are the only reason I know jack about Pink Martini. To recap, here is my interview with them when they spent much of December in Indy as part of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Yuletide Celebration:
Ray with The Von Trapps, December, 2013:
The Von Trapps dropped the 411 that they were releasing an album with Pink Martini. I assumed that meant they were celebrating a new album in a more grown up fashion now that they were of age, well three of them anyway. Then, I figured out they were talking about a band. I looked up Pink Martini. Holy cow, are they good.
Thomas Lauderdale is a HOOOOOSIER (you have to say it like former state school superintendent Tony Bennett).
Say HOOOOSIER with Tony:
Thomas left Indiana when he was 12, became a classically trained pianist and founded Pink Martini roughly 20 years ago. Thomas is a heck of an interview, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. And what in the blue heck are you waiting for, go see them Saturday night. We’re getting a foot of dang snow on Sunday, so you might as well get your rear end out while you can!