Sara Bareilles Lights Up The Mann

On Thursday night, the Sara Bareilles fan base at The Mann’s Skyline Stage varied from young children with their parents to older couples relaxing on blankets. Many girls in little black dresses flocked towards the stage with calmness. This might have been the most tame crowd ever to fill up the entire general admission field, but it didn’t mean they weren’t all excited for the show to begin.

Hannah Georgas from Vancouver took the stage first in her own little black dress with a splash of gold. Georgas only released her first album five years ago, yet she maintained the on stage presence of a performer decades into their career. She performed her hits “Somebody” and “Enemies” with beautiful expression. The sun was still out and kept her glowing euphorically while she rocked and moved about the stage. Georgas’ talent expands not just to guitar but to keyboard, ukulele, and spreading happiness into the audience.

Hannah Georgas performs July 17, 2014 at the Mann

Hannah Georgas performs July 17, 2014 at the Mann

 

It’s impossible to talk about New Yorker Emily King‘s performance without mentioning how soulful she was. She had a flawless, husky type of voice that only gets better with age, and rhythm that left every person swaying to her music. “Ever After” ended her set with the crowd joining in with her epic voice and was the perfect lead-in to Sara Bareilles’ set.

 

Emily King performs July 17, 2014 at the Mann.

Emily King performs July 17, 2014 at the Mann.

After many teasing moments of smoke and backdrop changes, Sara Bareilles finally stepped foot onto stage and to everyone’s expectation, sang “Little Black Dress” while standing at the piano. For “I Wanna Be Like Me“, she danced across the stage, giving fans equal love. Both of these songs from her most recent album The Blessed Unrest were not performed in her previous show in Philadelphia at the Electric Factory in the Fall, keeping the content of the tour refreshing.

 

Sara Bareilles performs July 17, 2014 at the Mann

Sara Bareilles performs July 17, 2014 at the Mann

Sweet As Whole” may not have been totally OK with some of the parents with younger children, but they knew what they were in for when they purchased tickets to see this bottle-rocket personality perform.  Audience participation was mandatory and Bareilles literally kept everyone on their feet, especially for “King of Anything“, which required a call and response from one side of the crowd to the other.  She does this almost every show, but every time it feels just as fun.

Bareilles played the ukulele and performed a cover of Sia’s “Chandelier” which was amazing as an acoustic solo. Her carefree nature made her kick off her shoes and she ran around the rest of her show barefoot on stage. Her much-awaited hits such as “Love Song“, “Brave“, and “I Choose You” were superb. Little girls danced around to “Brave” like there was no tomorrow.

 

Now, let’s talk about Sara Bareilles’ band.  Not only are they talented on their instruments, they also have great individual pipes that combined with Bareilles’ voice for a chorus effect in some songs. Misty Boyce on keys had a small solo in the cover of “Never Gonna Get It” by En Vogue that was killer.  In the encore, Bareilles performed a four-part a capella of “Bright Lights and Cityscapes” with three of her band members, and the result was stunning.  As her show description says, Sara Bareilles was truly smart, snarky, and beautiful.

Wish you were there?  Want more?  Tell us in the comments!

 

2 Comments

  1. Victoria watts

    July 22, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Sara Bareilles has been one of my fav singer/songwriters since her album “Little Voice” first dropped! She’s only getting better as she goes!!!!

  2. Amie

    July 24, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Sara Bareilles’ voice has always been so soothing and relaxing to me.

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