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November 15, 2012

A night of super music planned in Salem

Kryptonite was a substance that made Superman weak, lethargic and vulnerable to attack.

“Krypton Night,” an evening of Motown, funk, soul and blues at Murphy’s Restaurant & Pub in Salem this Sunday, should have the opposite effect on anyone who attends.

“It’s going to be very high-energy,” said Larry Claflin, co-founder and executive director of the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival, which is hosting the event as a fundraiser for their concert series.

People may in fact be unable to resist an urge to dance once they’ve heard Lois Lane and the Daily Planets, the band that will perform, and whose name inspired the evening’s theme.

“The band is so good and so seasoned, we thought we’d bring them in,” Claflin said.

Lead singer Genevieve Hayes of Saugus has been performing as Lois Lane — the female reporter who was Superman’s romantic interest — since the 1980s.

The band’s name has given rise to some playful theatrics over the years, including a video in which Hayes appeared “in a pillbox hat,” with a “notepad with a pen, and I’m pretending to work at the Daily Planet, and I get a call from Perry White,” Hayes said.

Those who attend Sunday’s performance are encouraged to attend in their choice of superhero costume, which Claflin is encouraging people to recycle from Halloween.

“We have five $50 gift certificates from Antique Table in Lynn for best costume,” Claflin said. A bicycle, donated by Salem Cycles, will also be auctioned at the event.

But there is also a serious source for the band’s name, in that Lois Lane was the name of Hayes’ aunt, who died at an early age from breast cancer.

“Serious” would also be a good term to describe Lane’s voice, which covers a song list that includes numbers by Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt.

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