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  • August 8th, 2017

    Here’s The Story of Janis Joplin’s Show at The Cap on August 8, 1970


    47 years ago today, The Capitol Theatre held one of its most renowned concerts. On August 8, 1970, rock goddess Janis Joplin played a groundbreaking show at our venue. That night, she effortlessly enthralled the audience with her powerful voice that echoed throughout the venue. To celebrate the anniversary of Joplin’s concert at The Cap, relive the iconic night in Cap history.

    Photo by Geoff Tischman

    Joplin’s set consisted of great songs, which was nothing out of the ordinary. However, there was one surprise that she threw at the admiring crowd. Early in the set, she debuted her song “Mercedes Benz,” which later went on to be a huge hit. What’s special about this song, however, is that it was written at a local bar, Vahsen’s, now known as Bambu, right down the street from The Cap.


    This humorous tune was written by accident during a spontaneous poetry session between Joplin and her fellow friend and songwriter, Bob Neuwirth. The song was conceived locally as it rattled around The Capitol Theatre’s own neighborhood before it went on to top national charts, and its journey started right here at this show.

    Janis Joplin passed away on October 4, 1970, only months after this legendary performance. However, this incredible night, like her songs, will never be forgotten.

    Photo by Geoff Tischman