Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Concert Review: Ingrid Michaelson at In the Venue

Posted By on October 27, 2010, 10:05 AM

Ingrid Michaelson fans lined up outside In the Venue Tuesday night, creating a line that stretched along most of 2nd South. Anxiously waiting in the rain and hail, many stood out there for more than 45 minutes. ---

Michaelson was definitely worth the wait. She came onstage in a hooded cape, grabbed the audience's attention with a call and response chant, and began with "Soldier." Fans forgot their cherry-red noses and cold toes and were immediately engaged in the performance.

Naming Salt Lake City one of her favorite places to play, Michaelson said she was honored to sell out Tuesday night. She sang "Breakable" and mentioned the praise it received from LeAnn Rimes. In response to the praise, Michaelson dedicated her next song "Once Was Love" to Rimes.

After singing her new single "Parachute," Michaelson called on the audience to sing a call and response with "Mountain and the Sea." She called Guggenheim Grotto, the band that opened, back onstage to sing "You and I" along with the rest of the band. After a brief "story time" about her experience playing the song in Carnegie Hall, she played her rendition of REM's "Nightswimming" with a looping pedal-steel which was absolutely beautiful.

An engaging performer, Michaelson performed "The Chain" on the piano and then asked the audience to "sing their little hearts out" to "Maybe."

When it came time for that last song, Michaelson surprised listeners by playing Britney Spears' "Toxic," complete with a hilarious dance she performed with her band members. Acknowledging the fact that she would return for one last song, Michaelson and the band hid behind the piano while Salt Lake City fans screamed for her return. She sang "Be Ok" for the encore, and fans left to brave the sudden snowstorm outside.

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