In Altadena, The Songs of Leonard Cohen Performed by Bill Burnett

Published on May 26, 2022

Singer-songwriter, TV producer, director, and writer Bill Burnett will be at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena on Friday, May 27, to perform songs by the late Leonard Cohen, Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist, who pursued a career as a writer during the 1950s and early 1960s, and did not begin a music career until 1967.

Burnett will be performing with noted composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Geoff Levin, bassist extraordinaire Randon Davitt, and vocalist Rhiannon Lewis, a fine songwriter in her own right. They will fill the evening with funny and penetrating songs penned by the patron saint of all that is broken.

Perhaps more than any other artist to emerge from the great 60s musical renaissance, Leonard Cohen spoke to the pains and pleasures of being human in a time of political, personal and sexual revolution. In his 15 studio albums and numerous live performances, Cohen explored religion, romance, isolation, politics, sexuality and death, starting with “Suzanne” in 1967 and finishing with “You Want It Darker,” his amazing recording released just a few months before his death in 2016.

Bill Burnett has been inspired by Cohen throughout that time. He also has written songs for Bette Midler, Patti Lupone, Tim Curry, The Licata Brothers, Dean Stevens and Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Flintstone, to name a few. With Levin, Davitt and Lewis, together they will explore the full range of Cohen’s six decade career, and provide eye-opening commentary into his life and legend.

Tickets for Friday’s concert are $20.

To reserve your tickets, call (626) 798-6236.

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The Coffee Gallery Backstage is at 2029 N. Lake Ave. in Altadena.

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