Today, as part of the Dance at Noon program, the Gathering Wild Dance Company will present “27.” The music and narrative are inspired by members of the 27 Club.
The 27 Club is an assortment of musicians who passed away at the age of 27. This includes Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and, most recently, Amy Winehouse.
Before you head to the performance, get to know the 27 Club a little better.
Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970)Best known for: His virtuosic guitar playing and energetic live performances. Predominantly toured and recorded with his band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Key Tracks: “Purple Haze,” “All Along the Watchtower,” “Voodoo Child,” “The Wind Cries Mary.”
Key Performance: Woodstock 1969
Cause of Death: Asphyxiation. He suffocated in a pool of his own vomit.
Janis Joplin (1943-1970)Best known for: The most popular and electrifying female performer of the late 1960s. She is best known for her covers of beloved blues songs, which she performed with her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company.
Key Tracks: “Down on Me,” “Ball’n’Chain,” “Me and Bobby McGee.”
Key Performance: Monterey Pop Festival 1967
Cause of Death: Heroin overdose.
Jim Morrison (1943-1971)Best known for: The hyper sexual, unpredictable front man of the Doors, one of the biggest rock and roll acts of the 1960s.
Key Tracks: “Light My Fire,” “Break on Through,” “People are Strange.”
Key Performance: During a 1969 concert at the Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami, Morrison exposed himself to the audience. He was arrested three days later for indecent exposure.
Cause of Death: Morrison was found dead in the bathtub of his Paris apartment. No autopsy was conducted but the accepted cause of death is a heroin overdose.
Kurt Cobain (1967-1994)Best known for: The troubled genius behind the revolutionary grunge band, Nirvana.
Key Tracks: “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “In Bloom,” “Lithium,” “Heart-Shaped Box.”
Key Performance: MTV Unplugged Concert, 1993.
Cause of Death: Suicide.Amy Winehouse (1983-2011)
Best known for: British singer, best known for reviving blues-inspired female vocals in popular music.
Key Tracks: “Rehab,” “Back to Black,” “Stronger Than Me,” “You Know I”m No Good.”
Key Performance: 2008 Grammy performance.
Cause of Death: Alcohol overdose. At the time of her death, her blood alcohol level was over 5 times the legal limit.