Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton return to Chicago’s City Winery once again for an evening of beautiful and unique interpretations of well-known classics.

A little over a year since Lisa Fischer last graced the City Winery stage, and she is back, much to the delight of the eager audience. Once again she has sold-out the Chicago venue. Whenever she performs, it is clear to see the strong backing she has from her fanbase, and it understandable why. It’s not every day you get to experience the phenomenon that is Lisa Fischer’s voice. 

Lisa’s vocal range is truly superb. No matter how many times you see the songstress perform, you cannot help but be blown away. Using two microphones, she certainly knows how to showcase her vocal abilities to the max. She can effortlessly go from an angelic whisper one minute to a powerful roar the next.  

As always, Lisa was joined on stage by the supremely talented Grand Baton. Like a well-oiled machine, this three-piece supplied the soundscape to compliment Lisa’s singing. Musical Director, and multi-instrumentalist, JC Maillard alternated between guitar, keys and SazBass. Aidan Carroll provided the bass, playing both electric and stand-up basses throughout the night. The instrumental moment of the night, however, has to be given to drummer, Thierry Arpino whose drum solo was greeted with huge applause and cheering.

It’s one thing to put your own spin on well-known songs, however, Lisa and Grand Baton’s interpretations are truly reimagined versions. The stand-out songs have to be Led Zeppelin’s “Rock N Roll”, the Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and Sting’s “Message In A Bottle”. However, the biggest crowd reaction of the evening was for Lisa’s own, Grammy Award-winning,  “How Can I Ease The Pain” which received a standing ovation and exuberant cheering.

Besides the vocal appreciation the crowd frequently showed throughout the performance, nothing proves how much the audience have taken Lisa to their heart than when she was greeted with a spontaneous round of “Happy Birthday”.  

This was a longer set than usual for the four-piece, and with Lisa’s voice taken front-and-center, the audience were hooked from the first to the very last note. As always with Lisa Fischer, the pure emotion spilled out from the stage and washed over every member of the audience.

This was Lisa’s last show of 2017, and what better way to start the festive season than sitting with a glass of wine whilst being serenaded by the vocalist. 


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Event Date: 02-DEC-2017

About The Author

Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!

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