City Paper is not for tourists
In Portland, Ore., the adopted hometown of actress and vocalist Storm Large, the local newspaper describes her as a “6-foot sensual goddess of raunch-rock.” Large—yes, that is her real name—is out on the road supporting her first full-length studio album in nine years. It’s called Le Bonheur, and if your poor French has that phrase coming out more like “boner,” that’s just what the artist intended. Just don’t call Le Bonheur a comeback album. Large has been busy since leaving her former band, the Balls. Among many other things, she’s turned her life of bisexuality, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll into a memoir and an off-Broadway cabaret, and toured the world singing with the chamber-retro-pop orchestra Pink Martini. The songs on Le Bonheur are a jaunty mix of American songbook classics, Lou Reed tunes, and Black Sabbath covers, some featuring the Von Trapp Family Singers as guest artists. The album’s name may be giggle-worthy, but that track listing is not. Large is a serious performer, and whatever she does, she sells it. Storm Large performs with Tiffany Thompson at 7:30 p.m. at the Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. $20–$25. (202) 787-1000. thehamiltondc.com.