Sara Bareilles at Commodore Ballroom leaps onto piano for encore

LA-based singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles took center stage last night in front of a large,  composed crowd at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom. Wearing a sequined mini skirt and plaid shirt, Sara proved she is every bit the talented and interesting rising artist people say she is. Here as part of her North American tour to promote the release of her new album, “Kaleidoscope Heart”, a follow-up to her 2007 successful debut “Little Voice”,  Bareilles kicked off the night with her older jazz-infused hit “Vegas”. Then she got into songs from her latest album. The tone was mellow, but the crowd appeared to be listening and watching intently as she and her band switched between instruments. After a few songs and some witty banter from Bareilles, a couple of things became clear. One, this girl likes to swear and, two, can she ever sing...

Exhausted from extensively touring and promoting her first album, Bareilles took a short hiatus from music to recuperate and enjoy a life of coffee, yoga and shopping. After listening to Kaleidoscope Heart, however, there is no doubt that she is back. Her new album is a solid effort that combines pop-rock songs and heartbreaking ballads that reveal a softer side as she reflects on love and loss. Looking youthful and energetic, she thanked Vancouver for the “f------ freezing weather” and gushed over the amazing venue in between sips from her beer cup. After asking the crowd if they have “had any douchebags in their lives”, she then burst into her playful upbeat song “Gonna Get Over You”. It is clear Bareilles stands out from her peers due to her intricate piano melodies and ability to write heartfelt, witty lyrics that never come across as formulaic. Her songs may be bouncy and catchy, but they never come across as bubble-gum. The show gained momentum as she sang her infectious Grammy nominated hit single “Love Song”, which was surprisingly written as a retort to her record label. She then went into her slower “depressing” songs that she joked are best played “alone in the dark”. Despite the change of pace, the crowd was mesmerized by her voice that sounds just as good, if not better, live. Bareilles continued to impress with her Radiohead cover of “Nice Dream” where she invited her opening acts and friends Cary Brothers and Holly Conlan to join in.

Sara Bareilles (Left), Holly Conlan (Middle), Cary Brothers (Right)

While Bareilles no doubt proved herself as an amazing singer capable of reaching extremely high notes, she also came across as extremely likeable and fun. By the end of the concert, all the females in the audience couldn’t stop telling their friends how “awesome” Bareilles was, and as she rocked out to her “Many the Miles” encore song on top of her piano, there was likely no one present who would disagree. Amidst the current swarm of pop stars, Sara Bareilles is a breath of fresh air and a rising artist we will likely be seeing much more of. And she’s, well, just awesome.

Bareilles rocking out on the piano!

Sara thanks her fans once again for their support and coming out to the show despite the freezing weather.

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