Cyndi Lauper

Saturday, Nov. 30, 2024
8 p.m.
Cost: Cost Varies
1 N Center Ct St
Portland, OR 97227

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Cyndi Lauper began her career as a playful rebel and has matured into one of the most respected artists in American music. Lauper rose to fame in 1983 with the release of She's So Unusual, an album that showcased her strong voice and exuberant personality. The album made her an overnight star and a darling of MTV, spawning two major hit singles ("Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Time After Time") and briefly making her a symbol of female empowerment on par with Madonna. Her multicolored hair, eclectic fashion sense, and the implied inclusivity of her musical philosophy — embracing elements of pop, reggae, funk, and dance music — symbolized a free-thinking attitude that cleared a path between the underground and the mainstream. Lauper would never have another hit on the level of She's So Unusual. In time her music matured and with 1989's A Night to Remember and 1992's A Hat Full of Stars, she took greater control of her songwriting and explored serious themes that would have been outside her image a decade before. With 2003's At Last, Lauper showed she could tackle old standards in grand style, and by the 2010s she was a diva who could move from pop to blues (2010's Memphis Blues) and country (2016's Detour) with ease, even writing the songs for a successful stage musical, Kinky Boots.