Photos: Shania Twain @ Climate Pledge Arena

Shania Twain @ Climate Pledge Arena – 4/29/2023
Photos by Kirk Stauffer

Country music’s best-selling female performer Shania Twain started the show at Climate Pledge Arena by surprising the audience when she rose from her seat in the center of the venue – disguised with sunglasses and a blonde wig – while singing the opening verse of “Waking Up Dreaming”.  The sold-out show was the second stop on her 80-date, multi-continent, Queen of Me Tour.  Apparently dreams do come true when first-up Lindsay Ell mentioned that as a child, she dreamed of opening for Shania someday.

Shania Twain – Photos by Kirk Stauffer

Lindsay Ell – Photos by Kirk Stauffer

Video: Maisie Peters’ “Body Better”

Artist: Maisie Peters
Song: “Body Better”
Why You Want to Watch: Directed by Mia Barnes, English singer-songwriter Maisie Peters undergoes the aftermath of a breakup with The Golden Boy (as described on the guy’s tombstone). Getting together with friends in the graveyard and making voodoo dolls, Peters attacks a very tasty looking cake. She described the song:

“I wrote it after a breakup and it deals with the ugly things you think to yourself in the aftermath, when you’re painstakingly going through everything small thing you did and were and wondering what you could have changed. It’s a song about insecurity and vulnerability, about giving a lot of yourself away to someone who decides they don’t want it anymore, and knowing where to go from there.”

Maisie Peters – photo by Alice Moitié

Show Review & Photos: Grace Kelly @ Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

Grace Kelly at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley – 10/5/22
Show Review & Photos by Lisa Hagen Glynn

Grace Kelly – photo by Lisa Hagen Glynn

Award-winning saxophonist, vocalist, and composer Grace Kelly took the stage for the second of two nights at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley. Backing Kelly were Adam Bravo (piano), Cooper Appelt (bass), and Julian Allen (drums).

The show celebrated the pre-release of her latest CD, All That I Need. Kelly played originals from that album, along with some funky disco-inspired jazz standards, a tender acoustic duet with Appelt on Thelonious Monk’s “‘Round Midnight,” a tribute to Maya Angelou called “We Will Rise,” and a Billy Joel Cover of “And So It Goes.”

It was a crowd-pleasing set that highlighted Kelly’s charismatic stage presence and personal style, and included an energetic walkabout through the audience.

Grace Kelly – photos by Lisa Hagen Glynn

Set list:

A Night in Tunisia (Dizzy Gillespie)
Good to See You Again
Trying to Figure It Out
Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby (Louis Jordan)
Feels Like Home
All That I Need
The Night Time
We Will Rise
‘Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk)
Shut Up and Dance
And So It Goes (Billy Joel)