Escape to a blast from the past at Kulak's Woodshed on May 5 when '60s pop star Donna Loren, the original Dr Pepper girl, takes the audience on a sentimental musical journey, backed by Jamieson Trotter and his band. Loren, a prolific performer back in the swinging '60s, will span five decades in her show, from the time she sang her first song as a child to the present, and will include selections from her current CD Love It Away.
In addition to being the Dr Pepper girl, Loren co-starred in beach-party films alongside Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, and appeared on television shows such as the The Monkees, Shindig and Batman. Loren left performing in 1968 to raise a family.
Kulak's Woodshed, a 50-seat music club, provides an intimate and casual setting for what's sure to be a nostalgic night. Run by a volunteer staff and donations, it offers self-serve snacks, sodas and water. If you feel like eating or drinking, you can also bring your own. There's a stage for live perfomances, as well as a live webcast for those at home.
Paul Kulak calls his little club that could "a labor of love." Many singer-songwriters have graced its stage, including Jackson Browne, Paula Cole, Chris Hillman of the Byrds, Fee Waybill of the Tubes, Gilby Clark of Guns N' Roses, John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Waite of the Babys, Doug Feiger of the Knack.
Donna Loren, Kulak's Woodshed, 5230 ½ Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood; May 5, 8-10 p.m. Price: $10 donation.