Well before kick-off--inside a lavish Florida Marlins conference room-turned-green room--a barefoot Juliette Lewis sat Indian style on a plush leather boardroom table chair. She was sweating, wiping the moisture off her face and the back of her neck with a small towel. Moments earlier, she and Joe Perry shared a stage outside Sun Life Stadium for an afternoon sound check.
"To have a rock and roll legend--such a guitar player, like, with the most amazing feel--play on a song I wrote, is next to heaven," Lewis said.
Perry accompanied the brilliantly talented rock vocalist on "Hard Lovin' Woman," a bluesy track Janis Joplin could've sang back in the day. "You'd think, 'oh the blues,' and 'it's not contemporary,' blah, blah, blah," she said, "that's bullshit. The pinnacle of each show is when we play that song."
Lewis spent the better part of last year touring, but lately she's been juggling "little one-off gigs here and there," and promoting a string of critically acclaimed films she's starring in. But it was the second time in three months Lewis played Miami.
In late August, she played at Bardot, and now has a firm grasp of the Miami music scene. "I can equate (playing Miami) to sort of playing in Italy," she said. "Miami, like Italy, is not really known for its love of rock and roll. But I'm always determined to make any crowd a lover."
That she did. During the mini-concert later in the evening, Lewis introduced her special guest to the crowd gathered around Land Shark Tailgate Stage as he casually walked on stage smoking a cigarette. The two kicked into "Hard Lovin' Woman," which brilliantly displayed Lewis's vocal range, as well as the "fiery spirit" she interjects into to each of her live shows. And Perry's guitar work served as a beautiful compliment to Lewis's commanding vocals.