wtogami (wtogami) wrote,

Paula Cole in Phoenix Saturday Night 9:00pm

Thursday I flew out from Boston to visit my friend in Phoenix, Arizona.  While waiting for the plane I met this woman Jill who happened to be the tour manager for Paula Cole.  Admittedly I did not know of Paula Cole prior to that day.  But I looked her up and realized that I was familiar with some of her songs including the theme song of Dawson's Creek.  She studied music and Jazz from Berklee College of Music in Boston and is a Grammy Award winner.  As a wannabe musician, I have such a deep appreciation for genuine artists, especially singer-songwriters with formal roots.

Friday night we went to see her perform.  It was a bit of an unusual performance in the tiny lounge of Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino in Maricopa.  Not an ideal venue for this type of performance when you're surrounded by people who have more interest in the slot machine than the world-class performer only a few yards away.  But not bad for a FREE concert!  We got there a bit early to be sure we had the best seats in the lounge, ate some food from the takeout place around the left side of the lounge, and sipped some mixed drinks.  She played mainly a mainstream style of music tailored for this particular crowd.  I've seen videos of other performances where she does Jazz standards, so I know she is capable of a broader spectrum of musical styles.  At the end of the performance she did some freestyle beat-boxing that was interesting to see.
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