Taylor Dayne is the kind of performer who just loves to play. She’s sold out huge venues during a career that includes three Grammy nominations for unstoppable earworms like “Love Will Lead You Back” and “Tell It To My Heart,” but she’s also willing to drop in and do a gig that just plain looks like fun. That’s how she finds herself heading into a three-night stand at the Upright Cabaret, an intimate and unconventional venue in Hollywood.
“I went there with a bunch of friends once on a spontaneous night, and I was instantly struck by what a great place it was” said the singer. It also represents some interesting challenges. The pre-recorded tracks and flashy dance moves of her earlier career will be scaled down to simpler interpretations of her favorite songs. More importantly, though, she’ll have a chance to share the stories and memories behind some of her biggest hits. “I was a little girl singing into a hairbrush the first time I heard Barry White’s “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love,” she recalls. “But in 1994, I was performing at the opening of Barney’s in New York, and I had the chance to sing it with Barry himself.” The startled shoppers probably weren’t ready for that, she laughs, “because we rocked that place!”
Dayne’s future plans also include a summer run in an intimate setting in Vegas, followed by a Showtime reality series. Her gig at the Upright Cabaret, though, will see the world-famous pop star transform herself into a storyteller and chanteuse.
“Taylor Dayne: Up Close and Upright!” March 19-21, at 10 p.m. (8 p.m. Sunday) at Upright Cabaret, 1714 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles. Tickets: $30 advance online (www.uprightcabaret.com/events) or $35 at the door (if available). Dinner reservations are made online at time of ticket purchase. Online ticket buyers receive first priority in seating. Table food/drink minimums apply.