Julieta Venegas — @FoxTheaterOakland

27 10 2011

I get the sense whenever I go see Julieta Venegas, that she must feel like the Bay Area is her home now. I’ve had the privilege of attending her last four Bay Area appearances (San Francisco Warfield, Fox Theater, Outside Lands, Fox Theater) and I’m of the opinion that her shows keep getting better. But there is a trick to that, a science, so to speak.

The photos you’ll see on this post are courtesy of Sussan Paredes, who came along with me to cover the show. As always on July!, the photos belong to the Daily Journal … so no need to steal, just proper credit will do. Ms. Paredes did a great job.

And another one …

Venegas is an incredible artists. I think I’m sounding like a broken record by now, but I believe it to be true. Shall I explain?

I said in my review of Julieta’s show at Outside Lands, that she won’t impress you with her voice. On a scale of 1-10, it’s probably a 6, perhaps even a little lower. But the thing about Julieta is the honesty and sincerity that shines through in her songs. There is an organic, genuine feel to her lyrics. They’re painstakingly accurate and it’s incredible how so many people can relate to them.

Ah! And she played “Ilusion” which made me melt. **SIGH**

Julieta newest material, from “Otra Cosa” is great. And it has to be. Consider how many artists you are willing to go see over and over again to hear the same songs over and over again. I’m thinking there aren’t many. So for artists like Julieta to continuing with their success, their new songs have to be just as good. Yeah, Julieta played her hits (Dime si tu quisieras andar conmigo-o, OH OH OH) (Me voy, que lastima pero adios, me despido de tiiiii, y me voy!), but “Amorres Platonicos,” “Bien Y Mal” “Ya Conoceras” continue her genius as a writer. If you haven’t had the chance to buy it, GO NOW!

I can’t say enough good things about Julieta’s band. There are six of them (all of which were present at her Outside Lands set). Obviously, Julieta is the star, but her choice of musicians is spot on — Edy Vegas on drums, Sol Pereyra on keyboard and trumpets, Ariel Cavalieri on bass, Silvano Zetina on guitar. It’s a terrific collection of the talented musicians who were meant to play music together.

Below is a bit of gallery showcasing the rest of Sussan’s photos — not all, but some of my favorites. Major thank you’s are in affect.

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