Cyndi Lauper at Mill City Nights 10/30/13
|Photo by Steve Cohen|
Mill City Nights, Minneapolis
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Time was ticking inside the club at Mill City Nights, which has quickly become the house that '80s and '90s nostalgia built. On the foggy Hallows' Eve eve last night it was Cyndi Lauper's turn to regale the restless crowd. They were champing at the bit as Bon Jovi, Prince, and Madonna's "La Isla Bonita" chirped from the speakers, and the front section howled, "Cyndi! Cyndi! Cyndi!"
Eventually, everyone dove into the first side of She's So Unusual, Lauper with much cheer and fanfare. Celebrating the 30th anniversary this month of her hallmark debut, Cyndi unleashed from the cage her deep and resonant voice. She immediately impressed and showed a vast range, reassuring the audience that at 60 she hasn't lost her touch. Her sparkling personality held up the entire evening.
|Photos by Steve Cohen|
Sporting red velvet dreadlocks, a black gypsy style dress, and a leather jacket with fringes that could have been borrowed from Stevie Nicks or Ozzy Osbourne, Cyndi belted out "Money Changes Everything" and "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" with a voice that towered over her five-piece band. The couplet invoked anyone in the room who ever danced in front of a mirror with a hairbrush as a microphone to chant along, spill drinks, and embrace in group hugs.
Cyndi's stellar band provided a perfect backdrop of sound that emulated the record near perfectly right down to the melodica solos and plinking synthesizers, which were only slightly modernized. No match for Lauper's high notes, the audience was given somewhat an extended break as some issues with the guitar setup needed to be addressed allowing for Cyndi to unravel some stories of her songs and her early history into superstardom.
In her thick Bronx accent Lauper's infectious personality and punk roots took advantage of the intimate room. "How the fuck are you? Let me tell you a little some some. This album was made in a recording studio. Back then we did our karaoke shit in the clubs. Now they got to do it on T.V. We had music scenes. Like you have here with Prince as the leader. This was before the suits walked in and cookie-cuttered everything."