Sept. 27, 2013
The last time Ward was in town, it was a sold-out co-headlining bill with Delta Rae. This time around, she was the lone name at the top of a concert which included solid opening sets from the Wild Feathers and James Bay. For more than an hour, Ward bended the definition of numerous genres - rock, folk, blues, soul and even a bit of hip-hop.
An acoustic interlude mid-set was comprised of "Last Love Song" and "Charlie Ain't Home." From there, Ward veered into the blues with a cover of Son House's "Grinnin' In Your Face" and her own "Lil Darlin" showing off her harmonica skills. She encouraged the crowd to make the most of their Friday night and dance to "If I Could Be Her," taking plenty of her own advice in the process.
The night culminated in a single encore, the drum-driven "Blue Eyes Blind" allowing Ward to show her complete vocal range and versatility as an artist.
As I walked to my car after the concert ended, I overheard a couple in front of me. The guy, who was probably brought there by his girl/friend, summed up the performance - "That was better than I expected. She's got so much style in her voice I started to wonder if there's anything she can't do."
Blue Eyes Blind