Sunday, May 01, 2011

Lucy Woodward Live in Boston

I came up to Boston this weekend to attend Boston Comic-Con, and while the show was fun -- and I booked some nice pieces of art from some great artists -- it wasn't even close to being the highlight of my day. No, that came Saturday night, when I went to see Lucy Woodward live in concert.

I've been a fan of Woodward's since I first saw her on The Caroline Rhea Show way back in 2004, back when she was more of a pop artist on Atlantic. She's since gone through label and genre changes, with her latest Verve album having a mature jazz sound, but one thing hasn't changed: she's awesome.

This was the first time I'd seen her in person (finally get to cross that one off my bucket list!) and she totally lived up to all my expectations. The venue, Cafe 939 in Boston, was very intimate, with room for probably about 200 people, and the whole set had kind of a classic MTV Unplugged or VH-1 Storytellers vibe. Woodward didn't do any songs off her first album (though she talked later about possibly adapting some of those to her newer jazz sound), but did a mix of songs off 2008's "Hot & Bothered" and 2010's "Hooked", along with a mix of covers. My favorite of the covers was Jace Everett's "Bad Things", best known as the theme song to "True Blood".

After the show, I got to meet both Woodward and opening act Rachel Platten, who was also amazing. I got a nice set of signed CDs, plus the chance to chat with both artists, which just isn't something that happens at larger venues. There's really no other way to put it than to say the entire night was amazing. If you get a chance to catch one of the other stops on this tour -- the next one is Sunday in Fairfield, CT -- then I'd highly recommend it.

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