I went to Chicago to see Sara Bareilles.

This is a refreshingly short post about Sara Bareilles.

Sara is currently doing her Brave Enough tour, in which she’s performing solo, and me and my wife Karyn went to see her last night.

The show was at the Park West in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago. It sure wasn’t the sort of venue I’m used to. The floor area was covered with chairs!

So it was to be a seated show. Groovy.

There were guys walking around with trays taking drink orders. There was a dude in the washroom handing out towels. Wacky, right? The crowd was psyched, the mood was chill, and we got seats up near the stage, off to the right.

If you’ve never seen Sara Bareilles live, you really should. This was our second, the first being at the Canopy Club right here in Champaign-Urbana. I’d go again in a heartbeat.

Sara Bareilles is incredible. She’s funny, she’s got quite the pottymouth, and when she plays her music, it’ll give you chills. She moved between her piano, an electric guitar, what I believe is a harmonium, an acoustic guitar, and a ukulele. And, of course, there’s her voice, one of my favorites of all time.

Here’s her setlist, as best as I can re-create it:

  1. Love on the Rocks
  2. Love Song
  3. Uncharted
  4. (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding cover)
  5. Undertow (unrehearsed audience request)
  6. Manhattan (from her upcoming album, ‘Blessed Unrest,’ the song title may not be correct)
  7. Come Round Soon
  8. Once Upon Another Time
  9. Let The Rain
  10. (don’t know the name of this one, she said it was new but might not be on the album)
  11. Brave
  12. Sweet As Whole
  13. King of Anything
  14. Gravity
  15. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Elton John cover)

I’m pretty sure my heart stopped during ‘Come Round Soon,’ and I misted up a bit during ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.’ Needless to say, it was a great show. There’s really not much more I can say about it.

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