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Don’t Explain

2 Aug

A couple of weeks ago I went to see Beth Hart in concert. I had known her ever since LA Song but I never really listened to more of her music. Last year she played a venue close to me but I was sick and decided to not go after all. If I had only known how good she is live last year, I would have gone, cold or not! When I found out she’d be playing close to me again this year, I decided I should finally go. Before the concert I familiarized myself with her other music besides LA Song and I already fell in love with her voice and its powerful sound, while LA Song is still my favorite song by her, there are so many more good songs, she brings something special to everything she does.

The venue she played at was really neat, it’s an old castle and they have a small stage in front of it. Unfortunately there are only seats but we were lucky to get seats in the second row on the left and because the venue is so small they were awesome seats considering that we arrived quite late. The setting of the stage was quite simple, just some instruments, the carpet Beth always has on stage and a simple curtain with her logo. I absolutely appreciate simple settings like this for concerts because it’s the music I go for and not some big show.

The concert was absolutely wonderful, Beth’s voice is amazingly strong and able to transmit any emotion she felt while writing a particular song. The set list varied from old songs and new songs, ballads to hard pieces and she seems to have so much fun on stage. She has an insane amount of energy, moves around a lot and moves her whole body to the sounds of the instruments. I had read beforehand that she is sort of our generation’s Janis Joplin and as cliche as it might sound, you can really see and feel it. The way she uses her body and the music does really remind of Janis, and so does her voice.

Before Beth Hart, only Gianna Nannini has managed to move me to tears during a concert, but Beth managed to do the same thing during LA Song which tells a lot about how powerful her music and voice can be.

I definitely recommend going to see her if you’re into blues, jazz, rock done by an amazing singer-songwriter with one of the most powerful voices of our time. I bought my ticket for November when she’s playing in my area already and luckily at this venue there won’t be any seats.

Waking Up The Neighbors!

24 Mar

I went to see Bryan Adams yesterday. It was my first time seeing him in concert and also my first time experiencing such a big stadium concert from a seat in the stands. Usually, when I go to see Gianna Nannini in these big venues I’m standing in front row so experiencing this from a seat up quite high was very different from what I’m used to and I definitely prefer standing to sitting.

Anyway…

Heather Nova was the opening act and it was great seeing her live again, this time with a full band (saw her during her acoustic tour in 2010) but she is definitely an artist that works much better in a small intimate venue I think. Obviously the audience mostly waiting for Bryan to come out didn’t really help with the atmosphere during her set. Nonetheless, I enjoyed her set and it was great to hear some of her new songs.

Bryan was great, I had never seen him live but I’ll definitely be going again. He sounds great live and as this was a greatest hits shows, you basically know every song. I really appreciated the fact that the stage was quite bare and they just had the big screens (all in black and white, save for like a little bit of the artwork for some songs) and there was not a big show made out of lights. He and his band were also dressed very simple, all in jeans and a black shirt. I really like toned down shows like this because I go to see the artist and hear the music and not see some elaborate light or circus show and ten different outfits. His voice sounds as good live as it does on the albums and I was stunned by the fact that he played for two and a half hours straight, quite impressive. He did however not move around a lot and when he did he just walked across the stage so that probably also helps in saving some energy but singing 25 songs straight is very impressive all the same. It was awesome hearing all those songs I was expecting to hear from some ballads to Summer of ’69 and then some more that made me think “oh yes, that’s by him also!”

Even though the show itself wasn’t very energetic in the sense that he didn’t run around a lot, his calm energy was great to see also and I was happy that show in general leaned more towards rock than ballads but obviously songs like (Everything I Do) I Do It For You can’t be left out in one of his shows but those calm moments were kinda nice and while the song is kinda boringĀ  on itself, it was a nice moment when it appeared.

One last shout-out his guitar player Keith Scott, one of the best I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing live!