Concert Review: India.Arie

JW Marriott, Sept. 28

India.Arie | Photo by Myron Hensel

India.Arie | Photo by Myron Hensel

India.Arie opened her headlining set for the Las Vegas Jazz Festival with a prayer in song and then a request of the audience. “I would like you to enjoy what you see here onstage. I would like you to listen with your ears so you can hear the lyrics, which explain how I got here. And I would like you to listen with your heart, so that we may experience together God’s moment perfectly.”

The folksy, rootsy and recently shorn chanteuse/guitarist launched into an unhurried journey through the songs of her most recent album, Songversation. Her folk-tinged soul style related themes of heartbreak, introspection and affirmation that often had female audience members dancing and singing along. The vocal harmonizing between Arie and her backup singers was exquisite, particularly during the moving “Break the Shell.” The exceptional accompanying band featured her longtime collaborator, guitarist Blue Miller, who showcased R&B and blues lines, as well as providing vocals late in the set. The inspirational evening appeared to leave guests with their spirit satisfied and their hearts full of love and hope. ★★★★☆

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