Last night, Leslie and I went to see Melissa Etheridge in her new solo show, the M.E. Tour at the Performing Arts Center at Cal Poly. We had both seen her in concert multiple times, in big venues and smaller, intimate venues. The Performing Arts Center is a great facility that has an intimacy and a great sound system. They host everything from rock concerts, plays, symphonies and everything in between.
We had great seats, front row center! When we arrived, the stage was set up with a row of 10 guitars in the background and lava lamps! The guitars were art in themselves, so colorful and a variety of electric and acoustic. In the foreground of the stage was a jimbay drum on a stand with a tamborine and just behind that a cahone drum.
When the concert started you could hear her distinctive guitar first, the 12-string acoustic with its full sound and then her great gravely voice. It was just her making all of the music and “the magic” as she called it was about to happen! And magic it was. What I love about her, and most other musicians, is their musical talent and writing ability. Melissa Etheridge is one-of-a-kind. After the first number, she went into another song but what she did was records tracks of the jimbay, tamborine and cahone and then she would pick up one of the guitars and just ROCK!! Everyone rocked with her, too much fun! She played popular tunes like “Come to My Window” and “I’m the Only One,” and one of my favorites “Sleep” that she played on the piano. What surprised me was her incredible solo electric lead guitar playing, just phenomenal!! Bluesy, melodic and driving. My favorite was when she picked up the Fender Stratocaster with its deep tones. I was transported and really blown away!! All I could think was, “This woman needs to be in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame!” We all went on a journey with her and she made it personal, fun and funny.
My recommendation, GO SEE MELISSA! Our audience was young and old. Great artistry, performance and music, a trifecta and it won’t disappoint. I just might go see her again. I can honestly say it was one of the best concert/performances I have ever seen. #LetGoSLO