Review: What a coup to see Lisa Loeb in a small Colorado Springs venue

By Michelle Karas Updated: April 19, 2017 at 5:42 pm • Published: April 19, 2017 0

Photo gallery by Gazette photographer Christian Murdock

Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb is more than that one song that everybody knows her for.

But that song, "Stay (I Missed You)," featured on the soundtrack of 1994's movie hit "Reality Bites," has endured for more than two decades.

In the interim you may not have heard a whole lot from Loeb. I didn't. But true to the timelessness of that song, but over the years when it showed up in my Pandora stream, I didn't hit skip. I sang along.

To explain her hiatus from the spotlight, Loeb said, "I've been busy with a new album, children's music and starting a new eyewear line," to an audience of about 200 gathered Tuesday night at Peak 31 at Union Station, a sports bar in a small shopping center off Union Boulevard.

The singer-songwriter played an hour-plus acoustic set after local singer Andy Clifton warmed up the crowd, consisting of a range of ages from 20s to 60s.

I felt fortunate to be seeing Loeb in such a low-key, friendly atmosphere in my own town. No drive to Denver - just great acoustic music from someone I already like to sing along to.

It was just Loeb, a microphone and her guitar. The perfectly coiffed and adorably bespectacled Loeb at 49 quite possibly looks the exact same as she did when she came to fame in the 1990s. I jotted in my notebook, "She doesn't age?" She looks - and sounds - fantastic.

"I haven't been in Colorado in a really long time," Loeb said. "Y'all have nature that's different from our nature in Los Angeles."

She recalled opening for Colorado band The Samples in Boulder and opening for Lyle Lovett at Red Rocks Ampitheatre years back. "It's on my bucket list to do Bono moves at Red Rocks" (as on U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday" video) Loeb said, noting that's "way out of her league"

Loeb's set list included "Wishing Heart," "No Fairy Tale," "Matches," "Falling in Love," "The Disappointing Pancake," "Truthfully" (from the 1996 "One Fine Day" movie soundtrack), "Helicopter Mom" (from 2014's "Helicopter Mom" movie soundtrack), "I Do" and "Stay (I Missed You)," which she referred to simply as "my song." The latter was rewarded with the loudest cheers and applause.

Fittingly enough, Loeb's song titles now correspond to designs in her eyewear collection (totally cute glasses, of course).

In between songs she told stories and joked around with the audience. And she plugged her two newest records, "Nursery Rhyme Parade!" (a children's album released in 2015) and "Feel What U Feel" (an "adult" album released in 2016). It was like having a conversation with the cool, most talented girl at school. And yes, I have a girl crush.

If you didn't get to see her in the Springs, Loeb has two more Colorado stops this week: She plays the Rialto Theater in Loveland Wednesday night and the Soiled Dove in Denver on Thursday.

Grade: A

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