Dutch chanteuse Caro Emerald makes a welcome return to the North East of England with a sold out performance at the Sage Gateshead.

Following a short trip across from Carlisle, where Miss Emerald opened her UK tour last night, the Amsterdam Conservatory jazz-trained, multi-platinum selling vocalist brings her Emerald Island tour to Tyneside this evening. This current jaunt around the UK being Caro’s most extensive tour to date.

As the light’s dim in the room, Caro Emerald’s seven-piece band play the star of the show onto the stage. She opens with a pair of numbers from her debut album Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor in the shape of “Riviera Life” and the infectiously funky “Back It Up”.

Sporting a black dress, with a short pink jacket and a pin-up hair do, the beautiful and stylish Miss Emerald brings a sense of vintage Hollywood glamour to the room. Of course, there are several costume changes during the evening.

Emerald’s unique sound is assisted by her multi-talented ensemble of musicians, each of whom truly shines during the show and all get their moment in the spotlight. The group frequently swap instruments as they go to battle with a whole myriad of musical styles and genres that include both ska and latin music.

Earlier this year Caro released her new six track EP/mini album Emerald Island. Produced by David Schreurs and Jan van Wieringen, the EP contains four new songs and two instrumental tracks. The songs were co-written with Vincent Degiorgio and Guy Chambers.

Mid-set the audience are treated to several tracks from her latest offering including both “The Ghost of You” and “Never Ever”. With palm trees projected onto the video screens at the rear of the stage and several musicians perched upon a lavish bamboo bandstand, the audience is transported to more tropical climes as the soothingly mellow sounds of “Tahitian Skies” washes over the Sage Gateshead. Caro’s beautiful vocals sound phenomenal in this acoustically perfect room.

Throughout the show, Caro Emerald effortlessly fuses old school jazz and swing, and gives it a contemporary pop twist, particularly on the likes of “Dr. Wanna Do”, “Quicksand” and “You Don’t Love Me”. The latter of which almost feels like it is almost remixed on the fly, giving the number a disco filter vibe.

It’s always difficult for an artist to win over the crowd in an all-seater theatre; it’s the old analogy if you give people a seat they will sit. However, tonight Caro Emerald does exactly that, she grapples with the room and gets everybody on their feet particularly during the up-tempo “That Man” and “Liquid Lunch”. Dancing in the aisles and an almost carnival atmosphere ensues.

Caro closes out the show with her incredible new single “Whatchugot”, leaving the stage to a standing ovation, even those in the dizzy heights of the dual-tiered balcony are up on their feet. Tonight Caro Emerald truly enchants the audience at the Sage Gateshead with her distinctive signature sound, she is a ray of sunshine on an overcast Wednesday evening.

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Event Date: 29-MAR-2017

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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