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October 28, 2009

Concert review: Jewel at the Lyric Opera House

jewelSun writer Chris Kaltenbach was at last night's Jewel show. Here is a link to a photo gallery from last night. And here is the review:

When Jewel asked the crowd at the Lyric last night what songs they wanted to hear, there was no shortage of replies.

"Satellite," from 2006’s "Goodbye Alice In Wonderland," seemed the crowd favorite, but plenty of other suggestions came pouring out of the audience, songs running the gamut of her career, some not even yet on any of her studio albums.

"It's very cool," she said, complimenting her Baltimore audience on their extensive knowledge. "I like my fans."

Well, her fans like her, too. And for good reason.

For about two hours, the Alaskan-born singer-songwriter regaled them with beautifully sung acoustic versions of both her hits ("Hands," "Who Will Save Your Soul?") and songs only her true fans knew beforehand ...

Beginning with a passionate take on "Over the Rainbow," included on her latest album, "Lullaby," Jewel played to her strengths. Her voice clear, her storytelling both charming and often self-deprecating, she charmed, crooned and otherwise captivated the crowd.

The evening was vintage Jewel: intimate, satisfying and, when an 11 p.m. curfew forced her to wrap for the evening, over far too soon.

One note: From the stage, Jewel took exception to the introduction to my interview with her that ran Sunday. She was not, she said, dropped by her record label. Rather, she said, she had an album of country music to put out (2007’s "Perfectly Clear"), and Atlantic doesn’t do country albums.

(Photo by Chris Kaltenbach)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:00 AM | | Comments (19)
Categories: Concert reviews


You got owned good and proper last night Chris! Although fair play for admitting your factual error.

Took my wife to the show and have to say I really enjoyed it - she has an amazing voice and is a pretty entertaining storyteller too.

You had it coming- glad Jewel called you out and set the facts straight!

Good review - she was very entertaining, and the stories really add another dimension to some of the songs. And for whats its worth, I thought her calling you out was unecessarily harsh.

Jewel was amazing. Disappointed with the Lyric, though. They shouldn't seat people once Jewel started singing. There was a lot of movement in the front rows during her first number that really was a distraction. The ushers were noisy, too.

Jewel killed it! I knew she had a voice but I was knocked over by her range and control. She was completely enjoyable even when she addressed the critic.

The Lyric and the audience on the other hand were irritating. What is with these amateur cellphone-o-tographers? The staff should have kicked them out instead of running around shining flashlights in their eyes.

Ashley... you aren't the same Ashley that is always tweeting on Jewel's twitter. If so, please give it a rest and get off of my city's website! You're totally annoying. My wife is a much more knowledgeable Jewel fan, and she didn't feel the need to act juvenile all evening (yes, you were in row D, we were in row F and she commented several times about how childish you are on Twitter!). If not, my apologies!


I happen to be in the same row as Ashley (if it is the same one) and she was hardly distracting. She was rather enjoyable. It is nice to be sited near some hardcore fans who are going to appreciate Jewel and cheer for her and be excited when a certain song comes on.

Oh darling, I am sure your wife is such more of a knowledgeable fan. Don't play that car with me little boy.

If excitement is Juvenile, I'd rather see a whole crowd of Juvenile's and people like the girl crying behind me when Jewel sang "shape of you" than a crowd of lame boring over the hill fake fans who like5 of her radio song, then complain when she doesn't play th em.

Jewel was totally amazing! This was my first time seeing her live and... wow! I was blown away when she sang "Over the Rainbow."

I too loved her storytelling; it definitely added to the show. Calling out the reporter was hilarious. (so is tingles' post.)

I hated the Lyric too! Those flashlights were really pissing me off. Not to mention their website is seriously lacking. And who was the girl that opened for Jewel? I couldn't understand what they said when they said her name. Was it printed somewhere and I missed? I have called and emailed the Lyric to ask but it's been useless so far.

Sorry correction to my post. Not Tingles I meant G$.. I didn't realize the name came up under the person and not above.

I don't have time to get into a discourse with you Mr. Shamrock. Needless to say, when you were watching Barney, my wife and I were attending Jewel concerts. I would expect better English from a puff!

Mr. Kaltenbach,

I would just like to comment on your note and previous error.

"Taking exception" only implies argument on Jewel's part, but does not in any way show maturity or professionalism on your part. An apology was in order. I assume you are a professional journalist since you are writing for the Baltimore Sun. As such it is still your responsibility to use accurate facts in your opinion pieces.

Admitting fault and apologizing might have saved others' opinions of you. I am disappointed in your reaction and in the lack of integrity in denotes within the industry you represent.


The opener was Meiko ... she was good, too.

Jewel Kilcher has always been a very talented singer and composer. My wife and I have been admiring her and listening to her wonderful songs for the last 5 years.
And Ty,her usband is a lucky guy,take good care of her Ty,she's a real "Jewel".
Kudos to Jewel for this complimentary to her talents review.

Why is there arguing on here?? Yes, I am a huge and excitable fan....and I am proud of it. No need to bash me for enjoying the concert.

I liked Jewel a lot better when she used to wear outfits that featured her cans.

Jewel was pure perfection as usual. It was very classy of you to print a retraction for your error regarding Atlantic Records. (We hardcore fans already knew the real scoop).

I liked the venue, but did NOT like the security. People take pictures and record. Jewel approves (just don't use a flash). The fact is, Jewel would not have even sang Memoirs of a Housewife or Angel Needs a Ride if it weren't for bootlegs. Her fans send her old youtube clips so she can brush up on these oldies, but goodies. Angelfood is what Jewel and her hardcore fans are all about. The security needs to lighten up if the artist is 110% on board. And we know she is.

All right y'all. Lighten up on Ashley. There is nothin' wrong with enthusiasm.
This is not a competition about who knows Jewel better, or earlier. I would lose against many of her fans, even though I worked over a hundred of her first shows, at The InnerChange, muscle-wrenched the valve assemblies on her famous VW Van, let her clean up at my place before early shows when she was still living in it, Did all her early art and promo work, and drove for her her first road tour, when she played D.C., (near Baltimore), and am included in the credits of Pieces Of You.
Still, these guys know things that really surprise me! I love that. Secretly, I adore Ashley's enthusiasm, as well as, respect the restraint of some her more "mature" fans. There have been many Jewel fans along the way that I genuinely loved, had over for dinner, etc.. I'm quite certain that Jewel appreaciates you all. Have fun with it. Few celebrities are as accessable as she is. Trust me, I grew up in Hollywood. She is indeed Rare Bling. G$'s wife is surely just as appreaciated as Shawn. Have a blast Ashley. You go girl! The Doorman has your back.

Oh G$ lol

When I was watching Barney.. You mean when I was 3 in 1990 amd Jewel wasn't even performing nationally yet.

Or when I was 5 in 1992 and she was in San diego coffee shops.

I highly doubt you were at Jewel concerts when I was watching "barney"

Chilling performance. Nice to see her again with a great performance.

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