Madeleine Peyroux Sunday June 5, 2005 Three Rivers Arts Festival Pittsburgh, PA

w/ The Mosquitoes

Don't Wait Too Long/Dance Me To The End Of Love/Don't Cry Baby/You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go/Between The Bars/If I Had You/J'Ai Deux Amours/Careless Love/I Hear Music/Weary Blues From Waitin'/I'll Look Around/Lonesome Road/Walkin' After Midnight/Getting Some Fun Out Of Life/This Is Heaven To Me/Destination Moon

Encore: No Name Blues

Relaxing free show at The Arts Fest on a warm Sunday night. My future wife turned me on to Ms. Peyroux nine years ago. She sounds remarkably like Billie Holiday and even I like to switch gears from the "rawk" and mellow out a bit. We were supposed to see her play in 1997 when asshole me dropped the ball and waited the day of the show to get tickets. Of course it sells out and in the time between now and then, she falls off the face of the Earth without recording or performing. When it's announced that she has a new album out and she's playing for free, it's redemption time, baby.

Before openers The Mosquitoes take the stage it's announced no photography allowed. Huh? This is an outside festival show. WTF? I immediately ignore that "rule" and amble up to the lip of the stage for some shots. The band is funky in a tepid kind of way. I believe they are from Portugal and since I'm not the biggest World Music fan, I am thankful it was free.

Now I do enjoy loungy, jazzy, laid back tunes at times, but to me atmosphere is huge in enjoying music. I would have loved to have seen her playing in a smoky club killing a couple bottles of wine. At an outdoor park with tons of people just wasn't gelling. It was O.K. but the slow tunes were interrupted by screams of little kids playing in the grass. Can't complain though.

I was happy to see her jammin' on guitar. The girl could even play lead.

Madeleine Peyroux autographed setlist

Madeleine Peyroux autographed Dreamland CD cover

 

 

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