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A Concert Review? I Do That?

Looking back in the archives, I haven't done a concert review since 2010. To give you perspective, in the review, I mention the opening act has a MySpace page...

Last night, though I knew it was coming, I bought my ticket at 4:30pm for the 8:00 show of  Steady On: Lilith Fair at 20  with Sharon Goldman from New Jersey, Lara Herscovitch from CT (Given that she gave Goldman crap for being from Jersey, I'm guessing Hartford area. This song I'm listening to now mentions Litchfield...) and Maine artists Ronda Dale and Lisa Redfern. I was surprised to note I was not the only man that went solo. Turns out, they were the husbands of the artists! Goldman and Herscovitch started this tour after a conversation at a folk festival in Florida. They didn't spell it out but I'm guessing they bring in local artists to join them at their different stops?

In his introduction, the head of the venue's board described these artists as "next generation" of artists from those that performed on the Lilith Fair tours. Given the artists they covered (They played original material too.), with the exception of Emmylou Harris, became recognizable names to mainstream audiences circa 1994, this is accurate and has the added benefit of making me feel old. (Shawn Colvin is embarking on the 25th Anniversary tour of Sunny Came Home...)

The concert started with the four performing Tracy Chapman's "Give Me One Reason" before splitting off and doing their favorite covers in pairs.  Goldman introduced her cover of "Galileo" by noting she was relived to find out it was her husband's favorite Indigo Girls song as well! Redfern introduced her cover of Joan Osborne's "One of Us" by saying she loved the song then didn't because of overplay on the radio but now loves it again. During this performance, I admittedly flashed back to a scene in the TV series  Lucifer where they discuss the song...

 Herscovitch introduced the portion of the first act where they played their own songs by mimicking "But we don't know those songs!" then said, "There's a way to remedy that..." (I bought two of hers and one of Goldman's during the intermission.)

The second act started with the four doing the radio edit version of "Building a Mystery." (Yeah, I found that weird too...) Goldman introduced her next cover, 10,000 Mainiacs' "These Are The Days" but saying she inserted it into her wedding video and then her sister included it on hers....

Before performing Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner," Ronda Dale said she'd read Vega hears the song in her head with "French tinkling" on the piano. Goldman, the keyboardist, didn't know what that meant but I think it came out pretty well.

I've been to many concerts and that was definitely the shortest artists have made you wait before coming back on stage for a encore.  A Capella versions of "These Are The Days" and the Indigo Girls hit, "Closer to Fine." I was admittedly expecting "The Water is Wide"...

I had a great time but do wish they played slightly deeper cuts in their cover selections.  Herscovitch of all of them went deepest with her covers performing songs from Shawn Colvin ("Steady On" is interestingly one of them)  and Patti Griffin I'm not hugely familiar with...
      

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