Artpark Outdoor Stage
Wednesday July 29, 2015
Review/Photos: Joseph Suto
With the “dog days of summer” upon us, the long hot sultry day carried into the evening at Artpark Wednesday. The outdoor stage played host to not one but two sirens in contemporary artists Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri. The tour billed as “Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too Tour” touched down in a very humid Lewiston, NY. The two artists have been alternating slots and tonight it was Caillat’s turn to open and Perri’s to close the show. The show was also the final one this summer in Artpark’s Coors Light Wednesday Series.
Caillat took to the stage first despite the heat she went with wearing a black dress. Hitting the stage with “Make It Rain” from her All Of You album. Caillat was in fine voice as she tore through a rapidly paced set of hits and album cuts.
Highlights included one of her biggest hits “Fallin’ For you”. She also took the time to bring out Jason Reeves who has written many songs with her to perform the duet “Droplets” from her Breakthrough release. Reeves also was part of the opening duo High Dive Heart who played a fast paced twenty minute set.
The crowd sang along on “Bubbly” the song that started it all for Caillat and surprisingly still remains her only song to crack into the top 10 on the Billboard charts.
Caillat capped off her all too brief set (barely clocking in at an hour) with her summer anthem “Brighter Than The Sun”.
When Caillat played the Seneca Niagara Casino last fall, the production seemed more lavish with a big focus on the light show. It was good to see her in the daylight in the natural setting of Artpark where it was all about her voice and her bands music.
Christina Perri closed the show with a solid set of songs that showcased what she was all about. Compared to the calm hummable melodies of Caillat, Perri’s style is a little more direct and livelier and as the evening tried to cool down, Perri rose to the occasion and sang her heart out.
In contrast to Caillat’s all black dress, Perri was all decked out in a white dress.
It’s all about love in the Christina Perri camp as she announced to the crowd that her tour manager and a band member recently tied the knot. Adding to that she stated her sound guy and another band member recently got engaged.
Perri ended the night with her biggest songs “Jar Of Hearts” and “A Thousand Years”.
The double billing of Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri was a stroke of genius. Both artists are in the singer-songwriter category as well they both play guitar and piano at various points during their show. Those who chose to stay home and not deal with the heat missed perhaps one of the best sounding shows on the Artpark outdoor schedule.
Special thanks to Maria Hays for the credentials