“I feel it’s very important that people leave with a fuller sense of who this woman actually was,” the singer says. “I am conscious of the fact that I’m part of a dying breed. So I really try to make the music more accessible to young people.”
That’s a sentiment shared by Davies, who wants to remind folks about Joplin and her hits such as “Me and Bobby McGee,” ‘‘Piece of My Heart” and “Mercedes Benz.” ‘‘Any way we can get this music back in the mainstream is so important,” she says.
Of course, some in the audience have their own selfish reasons to want these shows. Take Laura Joplin, Janis’ sister, a producer of “A Night With Janis Joplin.”
“To have the ability to have a part of her back — and to celebrate with so many people — that’s a real gift,” says Joplin. “It’s as though I get to know her anew every time.”