Saturday, August 13, 2016
NJPAC, Newark, NJ
Opening with INXS’s “Need You Tonight,” Bonnie Raitt proved yet again she belongs on stage in this day and age.
The fluidity that existed between her playing slide guitar and acoustic guitar while singing was seemingly effortless. If you were there to see a “greatest hits” show, you weren’t disappointed. Ms. Raitt mixed up the set list with a few oldie covers like “Not the Only One” by Paul Brady (joined by her opening act’s lead singer Richard Thompson) and “Angel from Montgomery” by John Prine. She continued with B.B. King’s “Don’t Answer the Door” and The Fabulous Thunderbirds’ “I Believe I’m in Love with You.” She also acknowledged her Southern California roots with tribute in her cover of the Los Lobos tune “Shakin’ Shakin’ Shakes”.
Nothing, however, compared to the first song of the encore; her soulful rendition of “I Can’t Make You Love Me” written by the artist herself. She proceeded to play three more songs during the including “Burning Down the House” by the Talking Heads and the ballad “Louise” by Paul Siebel to a standing ovation, ending her twenty-one song set.
NJPAC’s operatic atmosphere, located in the heart of Newark, NJ, complimented Ms. Raitt’s bluesy rasps and pitch with its rich acoustics. There didn’t seem to be a bad seat in the house. She made sure the audience knew how much she enjoyed being there and how much she appreciated sharing her talent.
If the opportunity arises, go see this artist while she is on tour. Her concert is one that is well worth price of admission.