Lisa Fischer honored the City Winery, Chicago with two shows in one night.
01-Sep-2016: The last time Lisa Fischer came to Chicago was in March of this year. Luckily, it wasn’t long before returning to entertain fans not just once, but twice in one night. The crystal clarity of her voice and her emotional performance belie the fact she had just completed one show, only to start the second just a short time later.
Fischer’s set was comprised of her interpretations of classic rock songs, including The Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and Robert Palmer’s “Addicted To Love.” Whilst most artists can often put their personal spin on a well-known song, Fischer accomplishes this on an entirely different level. Often, members of the audience could be seen singing along with her covers, wondering how they know the lyrics, before realizing that it is an iconic song they’ve known probably for decades.
As with her show earlier this year, Fischer was accompanied by Grand Baton — a band comprising of the best musicians around. JC Maillard is a multi-talented musician, frequently seen jumping between performing beautiful piano work and then busting out some of the rockiest guitar licks. He’s also Fischer’s musical director, and his work is nothing short of outstanding. Maillard has clearly had a huge part in the re-interpretations of these songs.
Grand Baton is a band comprising of three talented, well-synced components. Along with Maillard, there were also Theirry Arpino on drums, and Aidan Carroll on bass. Both were fantastic throughout the night and had their time to shine for their solos. Arpino received a standing ovation for his drum solo, which is not something typically seen at a show.
It is impossible to attend a performance by Lisa Fischer and not be moved by the abundance of emotion projected from her vocals. She feels every nuance in every word, and you can’t help but feel it, too.
People often refer to a singer’s instrument as being their voice. Never has this been truer than when discussing Fischer. She uses her outstanding range, which is both mesmerizing and effortless, with two different microphones to create the desired effect: a show-stopping, captivating performance. The audience lapped up every minute, often cheering and shouting “I love you, Lisa.” It is astounding to see so many standing ovations during an hour and a half set — the first being after the fourth song.
The attraction of seeing Lisa perform is clearly addictive. Often fans are known to attend multiple nights on a band’s tour. There were Fischer fans who attended both shows this night, surely spell-bound. It wasn’t just the fans who were enjoying themselves. It was easy to see that Lisa and the band were enjoying every moment as well.
With three shows so far in 2016, let’s hope this doesn’t mean we’ll have to wait too long before she returns.