Temporarily displaced for 1/2 a year in California after Hurricane Katrina due to injury, Ramos landed on her feet with regular weekly gigs at the famed Biscuit & Blues music club in San Francisco.
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Like all things “New Orleans”, the sound of our music is unique. Lani Ramos, founder of her rock & roll horn band Big Pearl & the Fugitives of Funk, works with an outstanding brass section, solid percussionists and a rock-hard lead guitar. In Breakthru Media magazine, Barry Sims writes, “Media Magazine recently rocked out with Lani at the Blue Nile as she sang and danced her heart out all over (and off) the stage.” Using her body as an instrument, Ramos is a high energy force on any stage, and writes original music while putting her own stamp on classic rock. Sims goes on to say, “She is extremely dedicated, disciplined, and professional…” Lani Ramos continues to be a staple in both Bourbon and Frenchman Street Clubs. She is a member of the Musician’s Union and Screen Actors Guild. Ramos, with a mezzo-soprano voice and 3 1⁄2 octave vocal range, hails from Los Angeles but has called The Big Easy home for twelve years. “The feeling of freedom in New Orleans is amazing, but… I choose to stay here for that real feeling of township…you can’t get that anywhere else.”
Within the first year of her arrival, she was the featured vocalist with the SUNO orchestra at the New Orleans Jazz Festival 2001, recorded and sang backing and lead vocals with Dave Sharp of the 80’s rock band, The Alarm, and also was a featured performer at The TriCou House on Bourbon Street.
Ramos has produced three CDs since moving to New Orleans in 2000. The first, In Loving Tribute, 9.11.01, was distributed exclusively by Ramos to the first responders of 9/11 in NYC. Offbeat Magazine’s Robert Fontenot said, “Ramos’ original song, Arms of Heaven, perfectly encapsulates the reflective quiet and resolve that the country demonstrated in the hours and days following the tragic event.”
Her second CD, Scoot Boogie Baby’s, Lani Ramos, contains original songs and was created to sell at the Janis Joplin Tribute Show at the Port Arthur Texas Civic Auditorium in 2004. The 17th Annual Janis Joplin Birthday Bash and Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame Awards was a complete success. Ramos shared the stage with Archie Bell and Frogman Henry for that performance.
The Louisiana Music Commission reviewed the CD: “…her voice, music, style and sound are a… mix that does sound like Janis, and it’s pretty good stuff, too…”
Returning to New Orleans, Ramos was in immediate demand and was booked for weekly shows at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel bar room, Snook’s. Simultaneously, the Frenchmen Street clubs Apple Barrel brought her back weekly and later that summer, she did one show at d.b.a. With guitarist Michael Wheat, Ramos wrote a new body of work containing ten originals and is credited as the albums’ producer, calling it Big Pearl Double Faces. Recorded and mixed in New Orleans, the album was mastered in Los Angeles and released through Flying Colors out of L.A, 2010. Continuing to be a staple on Bourbon Street Big Pearl opened a new music venue, MyBar @ 635 Bourbon, playing three nights a week, performing original music off their CD and selling Double Faces to a world-wide audience. The band’s CD is available online at www.bigpearl.com, Amazon.com, CD Baby and iTunes as a downloadable album. In the summer of 2010 Ramos visited Paris Radio and Nova Radio stations in Paris, France and dropped Double Faces to various DJs. After that Ramos traveled and met up with other New Orleans artists in Livorno, Italy and jammed as a featured vocalist at the Jazz Cafe?.
Gracing the cover of the May/June 2011 issue of Breakthru Media magazine, Ramos is a self- described funk rock chick. Breakthru Media goes on to say, “Joplin has been a major source of inspiration for Lani…” With her amazing vocal range, dominating stage presence, and charismatic storytelling personality…the comparisons to Janis Joplin are inevitable, but to peg her as Janis does not do justice to the breadth of Ramos’ talents and vocal styles…her vocal diversity was on display…mixing originals like In The N.O. and 1 Last Cigarette from her new album, Double Faces.”
OffBeat Magazine’s Alex Rawls says: “she taps into Patti Smith’s serrated, mannered vocal attack…traces of Stevie Nicks in her prime…” In Where Y’at, Dean Shapiro says of her singing: “Ramos is a cauldron of raw energy and seismic power as she unleashes her vocals…”
Currently, Ramos is flexing her television muscles appearing weekly on her own original New Orleans musical comedy and variety TV show, Yeah You Rite! It airs Thursdays locally at 1:30 a.m. and p.m. on Cox Communications Channel 99.
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