Janis Joplin Tribute Set to Rock the Bangor Opera House, June 4-7

Tickets will go on sale May 1 for four performances only

Bangor, ME – Penobscot Theatre Company is pleased to announce to the general public what subscribers have known for a while: Janis Joplin is returning to rock the Bangor Opera House through a special tribute show capping the theatre’s 41st season. A Piece of Her Heart: A Tribute to Janis Joplin will run for four performances only, June 4-7.

In this one-woman show, a concert piece, Indianapolis-based artist Karen Irwin takes the audience on a musical journey through her own personal transformation as inspired by her musical idol, Janis Joplin. Joplin used her “un-girly” voice and her no-holds-barred, blues-inspired performance style to triumph over her personal and social adversities, forever changing the face of women in music. With anecdotes and Joplin songs including “Mercedes Benz,” “Piece of My Heart,” and “Bobby McGee,” Irwin pays homage to the musical icon and delivers a rocking good time.

The Bangor-based band Rock Revelation featuring Heather Astbury-Libby will open each show.

“Obviously, we couldn’t get Janis, but we have found in Karen Irwin a sensational artist who embodies Joplin’s spirit and possesses her remarkable gift as a vocalist,” said Producing Artistic Director Bari Newport. “Almost 50 years have passed since the Summer of Love, and Joplin’s music has stood the test of time. We’re excited to celebrate her contribution to rock and roll and American culture. And maybe we’ll engender a little more love in the process.”

Tickets, which have been available to subscribers, will go on sale to the general public May 1. They are $42 each and $37 for subscribers. New subscriptions are available now. Other discounts do not apply.

A Piece of Her Heart: A Tribute to Janis Joplin is produced in partnership with Bangor Savings Bank. The theatre gratefully acknowledges the generous support provided throughout the season by the following sponsors: The Bangor Daily News, Blueberry Broadcasting, Canyon Networks, The Charles Inn, Darling’s, The Maine Arts Commission, The Maine Edge, Downtown with Rich Kimball, ZONE Radio, and WLBZ Channel 2.

To purchase tickets or for more details, call the Box Office at (207) 942-3333 or go online at www.penobscottheatre.org.

Karen Irwin in "A Piece of Her Heart," a tribute to Janis Joplin.

Karen Irwin in “A Piece of Her Heart,” a tribute to Janis Joplin.

Amy Roeder

About Amy Roeder

Director of Education – Amy Roeder is pleased to be joining the staff at PTC. Amy received her BFA in theatre from the University of Evansville and her Master of Fine Arts in acting from The University of Georgia. She recently relocated to Bangor from Chicago where she taught and performed with famed comedy institution The Second City. Local audiences may have seen her onstage with Improv Acadia in Bar Harbor where she has been a company member since 2005. Amy has performed all over the country including at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park and with the Improv Asylum in Boston. In addition to teaching acting and improvisation classes all over the world, Amy is also designs and facilitates workshops in improvisational techniques for businesses. Amy hates writing in the third person.