Veronica Klaus returns: jazz diva to perform at Martuni's

  • by Christopher J. Beale
  • Tuesday January 30, 2024
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Veronica Klaus (photo: Jose A. Guzman-Colon)
Veronica Klaus (photo: Jose A. Guzman-Colon)

Veronica Klaus has been told her entire life that she was born in the wrong era.

"I am perfectly happy being born at this time. I just like old things," quipped Klaus in an interview with Bay Area Reporter. "In a modern world it's kind of a novelty." The cabaret performer, whose style transports audiences to a bygone era, returns to Martuni's for two nights only on February 1 and 6.

Klaus grew up in Illinois and was drawn to music since grade school. After arriving in San Francisco, there was a period when Klaus was a staple on the city's cabaret scene, often performing music from the 1940s, '50s and '60s with bands of varying sizes.

"Her shows conjure up images of smoky nightclubs of generations past," wrote David-Elijah Nahmod in the B.A.R. in 2019. "Her unique song stylings have garnered her a loyal fan base in San Francisco, and she promised her fans and friends in the Bay Area that she would always return home."

Klaus traded in the mild weather of the Bay Area for four pronounced seasons in the small town (population 500-ish) Sharon Springs, New York. Klaus now lives in a renovated church.

"A lot of my time these days is spent putting wood on the fire," Klaus said. The church only has one wood-burning stove, and just keeping the heat on during the cold winter months can be quite a chore.

Klaus still performs near home, and remains active in the local LGBTQ community when she can.

"I had several shows over the holidays and I am planning a few things for our Pride this year," said Klaus. But something about San Francisco keeps drawing her back.

"I am very devoted to my friends in San Francisco, so I return as often as I can," said Klaus who is presenting an all-new show at Martuni's with Rob Reich on piano and accordion, Daniel Fabricant on bass and Daria Johnson on drums. The show will include some instrumentals, a whole set of Bill Withers songs, and some romantic favorites for Valentine's season.

"I am one of those people who is in love with the idea of being in love this time of year," said Klaus laughing, "even if it's not happening to me!"

Veronica invites you to spend a date night at her show at Martuni's, and help welcome her back to San Francisco one more time.

Veronica Klaus at Martuni's, 4 Valencia St. Feb 1 (sold out) and Feb 6, 7pm. Tickets are $30 at the door.

Christopher Beale is an award-winning journalist and media host.

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