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Chrisette Michele Concert at City Winery in Chicago

City Winery, Chicago, IL, USA, March 27, 2015

Review by Maya Rios

Chrisette Michelle concert at City Winery, March 27th was exciting. The beautiful venue, City Winery, a perfect setting for Chrisette's steamy original love songs. I've been a long time fan of her recordings, but seeing her live was even better. Her band consisted of keyboards, guitar, bass, drums and two female singers. Chrisette has a smooth yet gritty voice, that I would describe as "liquid caramel."

Performing all original material, with an exception of "Summertime," she proceeded to give almost a life history of relationships along with a somewhat humorous banter of her past mistakes. Her songs frequently spoke of a woman rising above bad relations but finding love again, even if it's within oneself as in "No Way Love Forgot Me." Chrisette is a very original singer who pushes genre boundaries that include R&B, gospel, jazz and even opera, as she broke out on "Summertime" with an operatic, 'Porgy & Bess' vocal version! She is a very skilled singer and songwriter. She soared above her back-up band which was good but a little bad at times.

City Winery vibe was very friendly, the sold out crowd was enthusiastic, and for such a large venue, with tables so close together meeting other people was easy. The club was surprisingly intimate. Chrisette made reference to her jazz influences: Art Blakey, Ella Fitzgerald, and Charlie Parker. Her jazzy style was evident as she "scatted" many passages within her R&B tunes. I would love to see her again!