Alanis Morissette At Live In The Vineyard
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By Brent Burns
The year 1937 was a good one. It brought us Jane Fonda and Walt Disney's masterpiece Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs. And in California's glorious Napa Valley, 1937 was the year the Uptown Theatre, Napa opened for business. While the theater has gone through various renovations, the most notable makeover came in 2000 when it transitioned from a failing independent film venue to a live music and entertainment hall. Today, the Uptown hosts Live In The Vineyard, a "once-in-a-lifetime experience" (except that it takes place twice a year) featuring live music, wine and food. This month's installment was held Nov. 1–4 with the live music portion taking place Nov. 3 featuring a star-studded lineup that included Delta Rae, Adam Lambert, Grace Potter, and headliner Alanis Morissette.
Potter was up first on the Uptown Theatre stage. The stunningly restored art deco surroundings were the perfect complement to Potter's own beauty, and the singer was joined by Nocturnals drummer Matt Burr for a couple songs. Potter performed a handful of songs, including her latest single "Stars," and closed with the crowd-favorite "Paris (Ooh La La)" before racing off to Oakland, Calif., for a show later that evening.
I was impressed with both the talent and energy each artist put into the evening's show, including Delta Rae, whose set was, fittingly, performed in a wine cellar and included a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain," and "American Idol" alumnus Adam Lambert, whose stripped-down set included a performance of his GRAMMY-nominated "Whataya Want From Me." Both performances set the stage for arguably the brightest star of the evening, seven-time GRAMMY winner Morissette.
Morissette emerged in her signature long, brown locks that swayed over a leopard-print blouse, layered gold necklaces, black leather pants, and boots.
One adoring fan screamed "I love you," while another challenged with "I love you more."
"This seems like a really intense vineyard wine workshop moment," Morissette joked in response. "Is everybody okay? Do I need to hold anybody? … Just kidding. Or am I?"
Sitting center stage in a tall chair, the Canadian singer looked comfortable as she leaned toward her band nodding for them to begin. "You Learn" filled the room as Morissette began her set. While the audience, including myself, was happy to sing along to some of her first hits, we eagerly awaited songs from her latest album, Havoc And Bright Lights, including her latest single "Guardian."
"That song is a dialogue, by the way," Morissette shared regarding "Guardian." "There [were] some people [who] were interpreting that song very interestingly. And my whole take is anyone's interpretation is correct."
Other highlights included Morissette's harmonica solo during "Hand In My Pocket" and a clever adjustment to the lyrics on "Ironic." What was, "It's meeting the man of my dreams, and then meeting his beautiful wife," was changed to "beautiful husband," which was evidence that Morissette doesn't just sell millions of albums, she's also a cool, respectful person.
Before appropriately closing with "Thank You," Morissette gave a personal word of thanks to the crowd.
"Thank you so much for everything," she said. "It's been a pleasure to be here. Blessings to all of you. This is a beautiful tying of the bow of the end of our American tour. We had an amazing run and I want to thank all the lovely people like yourselves that we've been able to connect with around America."
Or, in other words, thank you India, thank you Napa….
"Hand In My Pocket"
(Brent Burns is the dance/electronica GRAMMY.com Community Blogger.)