November 27, 2007
Suzanne Vega - Variety Playhouse 11/26/07
Went with a friend to last night's show. It was a seated peformance, which was just as well. It seemed like we were the youngest people there. During the encores, people stood up and then sat back down! But the audience was very attentive and generous with applause.
Suzanne's voice is still a wonderful blend of silk and steel. Her band was great as well. There was a good mix of old and new songs. Sometimes the show was moody, jazzy lounge, sometimes folk, sometimes rock. Great sounds and textures.
She began with Tom's Diner a cappella and ended her main set by performing a remix of Tom's Diner with the band, sauntering around the stage in a blue tunic, slim pants and spiky, shiny black boots. Sometimes she'd sport a black fedora. In between there were brief stories and other songs. In no particular order: Marlene on the Wall, Gypsy, (I'll Never Be) Your Maggie May, Left of Center, Blood Makes Noise (both songs with only bass accompaniment by Mike Visceglia), NY is a Woman, In Liverpool, a particularly luscious version of Caramel, Angel's Doorway, Frank & Ava, Pornographer's Dream, Luka, Unbound, Zephyr & I, and Ludlow Street. During the encore, someone requested Small Blue Thing and after teasing us about a "really old, really long song in a minor key" we were treated to The Queen and the Soldier.
It was a really good night. I hope she'll pass through town again at some point.