Inauguration ’09: Janis Nowlan, Singer, Performer

By January 16, 2009Inauguration '09

From today’s Cape Cod Times, “Ex-Cape pianist to entertain at inaugural event“:

Thirty-six years ago, when Janis Nowlan launched her musical career by the sands of Craigville Beach, she never dreamed she’d ever play at a presidential inaugural event.

But Sunday night, Nowlan, a pianist, singer and songwriter who spent more than 12 summers entertaining Cape Cod audiences from 1972 to 1985, will do just that when she plays at the National Association of Manufacturers’ Inauguration Gala at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center on Pennsylvania Avenue — blocks from the White House — with a possible visit from President -elect Barack Obama himself.

“You have to laugh,” said Nowlan, who played her first professional gig at age 19 at Trade Winds on Craigville Beach in 1974. “Back then, it was just me, a piano and a small (audience). … Now, we’re going to Washington. … It’s pretty amazing.”

Nowlan, now an accomplished band leader in Philadelphia, who regularly plays weddings and other ceremonial events with her Janis Nowlan Band, received a call late last year from the manufacturers’ association, asking her to play the inaugural event, which will feature political leaders and representatives from manufacturing companies located across the country.

“We had been searching for a band that fit the event, and when someone forwarded us their video, they looked like a good fit,” said association spokesman Hank Cox. “They do a wide range of music, and they do it very well. That’s exactly what we were looking for.”

Thanks for agreeing to do the gig, Janis!

By the way, her band’s website is It’s always a wonder how many songs professional bands have in the repertoire. Wow.

For more about the NAM’s Inaugural events, please go here.

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