Unmatched Carpenters tribute takes the stage

Published 7:01 am Sunday, September 21, 2014

Singer Lisa Rock and her six-piece band are bringing the music of The Carpenters back to the stage with renditions of Carpenters classics with “Close to You: The Music of The Carpenters” at 7 p.m. on Sept. 27 for the Austin Artist Series at Knowlton Auditorium at Austin High School.

Considered one of the best vocalists of all time, Karen Carpenter captured the attention of a generation with her unabashedly catchy pop music. The Carpenters’ songs topped the Billboard charts with more than a dozen No. 1 hits. Now, singer and playwright Lisa Rock has arranged a six-piece band, complete with back-up singers, dedicated to creating a Carpenters experience like no other.

Rock’s amazing four octave range allows her to sing the hits like “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Rainy Days and Mondays” in their original key, keeping the songs genuine and more recognizable for the audience.

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But Rock goes beyond the music in her concert. She draws the crowd in with anecdotes about Karen and Richard Carpenter, their lives and how some of the songs originated. Rock engages the audience to the point where they can’t help but sing along with her and share the memories of The Carpenters and their music.

Tickets are available only through a membership with the Austin Artist Series. Learn more at AustinArtistSeries.org