Sunday, July 06, 2008
Ingrid Michaelson at the Beaumont Club
"That was loud and scary for real," Ingrid Michaelson told her tormentor July 1 at Kansas City's Beaumont Club.
An overly enthusiastic man had been inappropriately whooping and hollering his appreciation at the conclusion of each of Michaelson's sublime songs.
The New York-based singer-songwriter finally confronted the culprit.
"I see you," she told him. "You're a very large man hiding behind a very small woman."
"Sorry- my bad," he apologetically bellowed.
It was an odd twist to an otherwise thoroughly feminine evening. Almost all of the audience of about 250 were women aged twelve to fifty.
"You look like an ad for cute people wearing nice clothes," Michaelson told the fans pressed against the stage.
Material from albums Girls & Boys and Slow the Rain, along with a slew of unreleased songs, delighted the audience.
Had she entered There Stands the Glass' ticket giveaway contest in which the winner named the best cover song for the rising star, Michaelson would have easily won. Her intuitive version of Death Cab For Cutie's "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" was tremendous.
Michaelson's appearance was part of her first national headlining tour. It begged the question- just how popular will Michaelson become?
Given her prodigious talent, I suspect Michaelson will enjoy a career not unlike Randy Newman's. Any hits will be almost accidental. It's just as possible, however, that she'll veer to the center and become a Sheryl Crow-style pop star.
Selfishly, I hope that doesn't happen. I kind of like sharing Michaelson with 250 women. (Plus one rowdy guy.)
Greg Laswell didn't need to deal with boisterous fans. Most people listened attentively to his ballad-oriented opening set.
(Photography by Shannon Schlappi.)