WTF Concert of the Year candidate: Hot Lips Houlihan sings for Tampa Trekkies
The big draw at this weekend's Vulcan Events Star Trek convention in Tampa is a world record attempt for the most people dressed as Star Trek characters in one place at the same time. Other highlights include appearances by Christopher Lloyd, who's best known for playing Doc Brown in Back to the Future, and Michael Shanks from Stargate SG-1.
But we would be remiss if we did not search for a musical angle to this weekend-long nerdfest. Indeed, there is one, and it looks like a fine candidate for Soundcheck's coveted WTF Concert of the Year Award.
Sally Kellerman, who's best known for playing Hot Lips Houlihan in the film M*A*S*H, is one of the convention's confirmed guests, signing autographs for fans on Saturday and Sunday. But what has us intrigued is an event titled "An Evening with Sally Kellerman" at 9 p.m. Friday.
Yes, Hot Lips is a singer -- jazz, pop, adult contemporary, etc. -- and she has a stage show and a couple of CDs, most recently Sally in 2009. Why, our own colleague Steve Persall compared Kellerman to Bonnie Raitt and Etta James, and called Sally "a sexythrowback to nights of smoky cabarets and mornings recovering from the sins of the evening before":
Sally is end-to-end sensuality, playful enough to avoid sounding like a horny old lady on the make yet serious enough to make her snagging you not such a bad idea. Kellerman is a bit too derivative sometimes - her mimicry on Nina Simone's Sugar in My Bowl, for example - can be viewed as an actor getting into a role, rather than an artist creating. I love the slow, chugging groove she lays on Love Potion #9, turing a novelty song into a tribute to aphrodesiacs.
If you want to see Kellerman live, she'll be performing at 9 p.m. Friday at the Doubletree Hotel, 4500 W Cypress St., Tampa. For ticket details, click here.
Photo: Alan Mercer.