By: Joanie Cox-Henry Contributing Writer
Boca Raton-based singer and songwriter JD Danner believes women rock. She’s put together an entire musical tribute to celebrate that philosophy at Arts Garage in Delray Beach Oct. 13 with special guests Sista Marybeth DeSarle and Judy Routley.
“When I think about the contributions women have made to rock and roll such as Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks and so many others, it astounds me an entire show paying tribute to these iconic women hasn’t really been done on a local level,” Danner said. “This show will feature cover songs by beloved female performers as well as originals by myself and Marybeth [DeSarle].”
After spending more than two decades performing throughout South Florida as well as touring military bases to entertain U.S. troops and performing at an Indianapolis Colts NFL halftime show at Lucas Oil Stadium, Danner enjoys sharing her love for music with others since it’s been the one constant in her life.
“Music has gotten me through the hardest times,” Danner said. “It’s the only thing that’s never left me and it’s always the thing I run to and can find comfort in at the end of the day. Music is a very powerful thing.”
With a setlist lined up that will include Jett’s version of “Crimson and Clover,” “I’m The Only One” By Melissa Etheridge, “Dog and Butterfly” By Heart and originals written by Danner such as “Almost Home” and “When Loves Comes Around,” Danner is particularly excited to perform at Arts Garage for the first time. “I’m thrilled to be playing at this venue because they truly support, embrace and encourage local and touring artists,” Danner said. “Arts Garage gives artists a chance to be heard.”
DeSarle, who has sang back up for Mavis Staples on “The David Letterman Show,” won an episode of “Star Search” and hit the recording studio with legend Paul Simon, is also eager to pay tribute to women in the music industry. “When I play music, I’m in my happy place,” DeSarle said. “When I’m hitting certain notes, I’m in a zone. Your adrenaline is going and the music vibrates your entire body. I become married to the emotion of the song and travel outside my head and into my heart. As female artists, we really need to support each other more and I love that about JD. She’s very passionate when she sings and through her music she has something to say.”
Routley, who developed her lifelong love for singing while at church, hopes the audience at Arts Garage enjoys the variety of the show. “These are our interpretations of these songs and we’re looking forward to sharing that with the Arts Garage audience,” Routley said.
Join JD Danner and special guests Sista Marybeth DeSarle and Judy Routley 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Arts Garage. Tickets cost $10-$20 and are available at artsgarage.org. For more on Danner, visit JDDanner.com.