8 Great Moments – Billboards

On the night of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, Bonnie Reiter opened a two-night stand at the Beacon Theatre in New York on Tuesday (June 21), with a performance filled with superlatives of her own. It’s the funniest, most intense, funniest and most genuine performance you could ask for – from an artist who’s just reached a new pinnacle in her six-year career, with her latest album out in April, that’s it……

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Like the blues artist who became her lifelong inspiration, Reiter offers a collection of songs that celebrate love, romance, and sensuality. Challenge death and the passage of time; and exude resilience and joy. It’s no wonder she’s revered by fans, emulated by young artists like Brandi Carlile, and beloved by veterans like Mavis Staples, with whom she shared a date on this tour.

Here are eight big moments for Raitt’s return to New York City.

Reason comes first

“This is the activist I sing for – that’s my job,” Reiter told billboard During her 2019 tour. Before a note hit Tuesday, fans in the theater hall met the organizers of the local chapter of the Sierra Club, which has roots in Reiter’s home state of California. They collected signatures calling for greater action by New York State on climate change. Their presence is fitting. Reiter attributes her lifelong environmental activism in part to her childhood summers spent in a sleeping camp in New York’s Adirondacks, during which time her father, actor John Reiter, performed on Broadway.

opening ceremony of victory

On the tour, booked by Raitt’s representatives at the Creative Artists Agency, opening artists include Staples, Marc Cohn and, in recent days, Lucinda Williams, Raitt’s spiritual sister in the blues. At The Beacon, Williams’ band Buick 6 fully supported her vocals, which sounded as compelling as ever — despite Williams suffering a stroke in November 2020. The stroke has taken away her ability to play guitar, she told the crowd. “But that will come back,” she announced, ending her powerful set with a stirring, extended, standing ovation.

gorgeous redhead presence

“I love going back to the lighthouse,” announced Raitt, who took to the stage with her five-piece band to open with “Made Up Mind,” which is from that’s it……, It was followed by “Waitin’ For You to Blow,” also from the new album “We’re All So Proud,” Raitt said. The 72-year-old singer looked nothing short of spectacular, with her signature red hair and white forehead, Wearing a glowing blue shirt and black jeans. “All of us who are still on the road … we stopped self-destructive behavior in our 30s,” Reiter told Reuters billboard Earlier this year, when she was billboard2022 Women in Music event. “If you’re not doing yoga, hiking or exercising, you can’t keep up.”

those who bring fear

“Well, not a good lady anymore,” Raitt quipped as she and the band energized John Hiatt’s “No Business,” which she recorded on her 1991 album lucky draw.Raitt’s signature sound blends her blues vocals, stinging slide guitar, and the deep grooves of her brilliant backing band.She took a moment early in the show to introduce her two new members – guitarist Du Kraven, who supports Peter Wolf and many others, and keyboardist Glenn Patscha’s B3 organ playing highlights several songs – along with her longtime colleague, guitarist George Marinelli and “one of the worst rhythm parts in the world”, bassist James “Hutch” Hutchinson and drummer Ricky Fataar. In front of Fatal, the blue and gold Ukrainian flag hangs on the drum. “It’s to remind us not to forget,” Reiter said.

“Fear of running out of time”

Raitt sits next to Patscha on lead electric piano “Nick of Time,” the title track from her hugely successful breakthrough album in 1989, which won her three Grammy Awards in 1990 (including Album of the Year). ). It’s been 30 years, I believe,” Raitt said. As the years passed and loved ones passed, the lyrics she wrote and sang three decades ago were even more poignant: “Life has become so precious, and less time is wasted. . “

Empathy is deep

Raitt isn’t a prolific songwriter, but as “Nick of Time” proves, when she writes a song, it really matters. Absorbing the songwriting skills she created, then empathizing with the character in her dear friend the late John Prine’s song, she told the crowd that her “unimaginable” loss was the The biggest heartache that the epidemic brought her. Raitt complimented Prine when she picked up her acoustic guitar and played her album’s title track, “Just Like That…”. It’s a very detailed lyric about a heartbroken mother who loses her son – then meets the man who receives her son’s heart transplant. “I put my head on his chest and I’m with my boy again,” she sings. Pullin would be proud.

The shadow of the epidemic

The emotional loss of the pandemic sounds like a chord that resonates through Raitt’s setup, but it’s usually the other way around.Her new song “Livin’ For the Ones” Marinelli, is a rave, a fall and a cry of survivors:

“largecheers for those who didn’t make it

It’s not your fault that you cut it off

Remember them, all chances are denied

If you start whining and moaning. “

“The Healing Power of Music”

Prine’s classic “Angels from Montgomery” was his enduring gift to Raitt, and she reciprocated by performing the song like Tuesday night – so thrilled it’s like she’s singing it for the first time Same. Raitt is a masterful interpreter of the work of others, as she proves again in the show’s closing song: sensory drive through INXS’ “Need You Tonight”; fiery rendition of David Byrne’s Talking Heads classic “Burning Down The House” ; and then two songs she’d written herself long ago — a soft torch song from “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” originally co-written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin, And the upbeat closing “Not the Only One” from Irish singer/songwriter Paul Brady.

Common throughout Tuesday night was the artistry of the beloved musician, who returned to celebrate this moment in life with her longtime fans and friends.

“The healing power of music is an amazing thing,” Reiter said. “Having this experience with you again means more than I can say.”

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