H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu Hawaii: Janis Joplin wailed her way to two standing ovations in her Hawaii debut July 8th before a crowd of 7,000 at the Honolulu International Center Arena.
The Columbia Records artist dazzled the audience with her eclectic song-bag and her style of dress. Besides her riveting hits (“Piece of My Heart” “Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)” “Kozmic Blues” and “Maybe”) she brought along a wild stage costume consisting of sequined pants outfit, a dozen bracelets, a number of necklaces, and orange feathers or her stringy hair.
“Summertime” was an unusual inclusion in her sock-rock repertoire. It had a baroque feel, and Miss Joplin often resembled Bessie Smith - haunting, creative and expertly polished.
Day Blindness, a group from San Francisco, were her supporting act. While they must’ve had something to say lyrically, their sound system was up too high.