Last night, Sara Bareilles brought her Brave Enough, solo acoustic show to Charlotte, North Carolina to perform for a sold out crowd at The Booth Playhouse.
The singer-songwriter varied her setlist slightly and opened with the more somber “I Just Want You” on ukulele — a fitting tribute as Bareilles disclosed her heart was “heavy” given the tragic events in Oklahoma. Her performance captivated the audience, who soaked in each word uttered with undivided attention, even as she broke down slightly just before finishing off the song. “Charlotte, we just had a moment,” Bareilles said before collecting herself and launching into “Love on the Rocks.”
It was that type of connection with the audience that Bareilles hoped to achieve by facing one of her biggest fears of performing live shows entirely by herself. Throughout the night she moved from guitar to piano effortlessly, hitting pitch-perfect notes, and even let the audience fill in the gaps in songs (i.e. background vocals, hand claps, and the occasional off-the-cuff joke “Just like my first marriage!!!”) where her band normally would lend support.
The show format in a more intimate venue was a refreshing way to experience Bareilles. Be sure to check out the full photo gallery (after the jump) and read all of our previous coverage of Sara Bareilles here. New album, The Blessed Unrest will be released on July 16, but you can pre-order it now via iTunes.
Setlist: I Just Want You/Love On The Rocks (Benny & The Jets mashup)/Love Song/ Uncharted /(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay (Otis Redding cover) /Undertow/ Manhattan/ Come Round Soon/Once Upon Another Time/Let The Rain/Brave/King of Anything/GravityGoodbye Yellow Brick Road (Elton John cover)