Christine Lavin, a born storyteller and good ol' gal, is all about the people she entertains. "I get people together, shake things up and leave town," she said in a 2004 Westword interview, and that's sure to happen again when she stops over tonight at the Oriental Theater with her new Just One Angel tour, which celebrates the season in a quirky, all-inclusive, non-sectarian way.
With Larry Murante, Darryl Purpose and the folk-pop trio Uncle Bonsai in tow, Lavin will run through a holiday repertoire from her 2010 Just One Angel album, including such songs as "When You're Single at Christmastime" and "Is It Hanukah or Chanukah?," as well as references to the pagan solstice and other seasonal side trips. And, yes, you guessed right: There is a gentle tongue in Lavin's cheek. And that's just right for these times.
"I come from a very big family of nine kids," Lavin says. "We started out Catholic, but then everybody married somebody. We now have a Chinese atheist in the family. We have Jewish people. It's become such a confusing time of year for people who are not strictly one religion." But she adds that "this is just a fun, non-traditional holiday show," noting that not all of the music will be holiday-driven, and that the evening will very much be a team effort, focusing on the strengths of all the performers.
The Just One Angel tour takes off at 8 p.m. at the Oriental, 4335 West 44th Avenue; for tickets, $24, visit www.theorientaltheater.com or call 720-420-0030.
Wed., Dec. 14, 8 p.m., 2011