Hometown: United States
Web site: http://www.janluby.com/home.cfm
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Jan Luby is known for her engaging, often riveting stage-presence as well as her voice full of passion, range and power. The readers of Rhode Island’s Motif Magazine agreed. They chose Jan as Female Vocalist of 2011.
Jan's songs are evocative, lyrical and infectious personal stories. Her approach to songwriting ranges from socially relevant to irreverent, heartbreaking to humorous. Her new album, Nobody’s Girl, will be released in October, but for now you can hear rough mixes at: www.reverbnation.com/janluby or to hear songs from Tough Like a Weed: www.myspace.com/janluby.
Jan and her two siblings were born on the road to Vaudeville parents (a comedy juggler and an acrobat/dancer). Growing up back stage, living in a trailer, and traveling through 47 states before the age of seven primed her for her later entrance into the West Coast New Vaudeville scene. But first her family landed in Coney Island, New York, where as a teenager she acted and danced in the Everyman Company and Chalk Circle Players.
At the age of 20 Jan Luby escaped New York to head west, eventually making a name for herself in Santa Cruz, California as a solo singer/songwriter. She was one of the founders of the Santa Cruz Street Performers Guild and its open mic. It was in Santa Cruz that she hooked up with the likes of the Flying Karamazov Brothers, Tom Noddy (“The Bubble Guy”) and many other New Vaudeville performers and formed the comedy-musical duo Girls Who Wear Glasses with her partner, Rebo Flordigan. As part of the New Vaudeville circuit, Jan played clubs, fairs and festivals including The Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Edmonton Folk Festivals, the Milwaukee Harvest Festival, Oregon Country Fair, The Bear Mountain Festival of Music and Dance, Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival and The San Francisco Vaudeville Festival.
As a solo performer Jan Luby is equally at home on a festival-stage in front of thousands as she is in more intimate settings, and has played coffeehouses, clubs, festivals and street-corners from Sweden to Greece and from New York and Boston to the Pacific Northwest. Upon moving to Boston in 1987, Jan helped to establish the open mic at the Nameless Coffeehouse. She has played all over New England, sharing stages with Louden Wainwright III, Cheryl Wheeler, Bob Franke, Townes Van Sandt, Garnet Rogers, Lucie Blue Tremblay, Ani DiFranco, Dar Williams and many other noteworthy performers.
After a long hiatus from performing to focus on motherhood, she is getting back into the fray with her CD, Nobody’s Girl, to be released in October. CD release parties are set for October 23rd at the Roots Café in Providence and November 19th at Arts at the Armory in Somerville.