Review / photos: Norah Jones rocks Tampa, with or without Lilith Fair
Shortly into Wednesday night’s show at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, singer-songwriter Norah Jones addressed the audience for the first time with, “Well, it’s not exactly Lilith Fair, but it’ll have to do. At least we have two chicks onstage tonight.”
While correct in her timid apology, Jones and company still offered an entertaining evening that, in part, made up for the recent cancellation of the Lilith Fair date in Tampa.
Jones took the stage at approximately 9 pm in a short red dress with her hair tucked behind an ear on one side. During the performance, she split her attention between electric and acoustic pianos and a red Fender Statocaster. As it turns out, in addition to her talent as a songwriter, Jones also has some guitar chops.
Highlights from the evening include the humorous Man of The Hour, an extremely heartfelt version of Back to Manhattan and a respectable cover of Johnny Cash’s Cry, Cry, Cry. One of my favorite moments was Jones’ attempt to remember the lyrics to Broken, from her 2007 release Not Too Late. After several failed attempts, Jones gave up and appealed to band mate Sasha Dobson to “please mouth the words” as she sang. After some cute banter with Dobson, Jones managed to pull the lyrics from her memory and finish the song. The evening’s biggest audience response came with the opening chords of her 2003 hit Don’t Know Why.
While we might have missed out on this year’s Lilith Fair tour, the extremely talented Norah Jones filled part of the void and reminded the Tampa audience why she’s a star.
-- Review/photos by Jeff O'Kelley, tbt*