Rachael Yamagata stands out
in SLC concert
By Ben Hansen
November 17, 2008 | Last week, the Hotel Café
tour rolled through Salt Lake City. Although there
has been a constantly rotating lineup throughout
the tour, this night of the tour included the
always popular Rachael Yamagata, accompanied by
folk artist sensation Meiko, Lenka, Catherine
Feeny, Thao Nguyen and Emily Wells. The all-female
lineup played to a packed house at the Avalon
Theater, and did not disappoint.
The women took turns rotating out their respective
talents at multiple points throughout the night,
giving each an opportunity to take the stage.
Many included a full ensemble of all others in
their set, with everyone given the chance to shine.
No one shined brighter in the evening than Yamagata.
Dressed in high heels, black tights and a bright
red dress, she was met with loud cheers when she
walked onto the stage for the first time, and
joked, "I think that my aunt brought all
of my friends tonight."
Yamagata works the crowd / Photo by Ben Hansen
Arming herself with her acoustic guitar, she then moved
into the new track Faster from her latest Elephants
. . . Teeth Sinking Into Heart album. She then
switched seamlessly to keyboards to belt out her early
hit Be Be Your Love, which initially aired
on the show One Tree Hill, among others.
After rotating through the set of girls again, the
audience was delighted to see Yamgata return for a second
set. Again, she delivered in both stage presence and
performance, declaring to the captivated audience, "Don’t
even try to get up and get a drink . . . I will stop
this whole song until you turn around and sit back down!"
She then went directly into the title song off her album,
the Billboard No. 3 single Elephants,
followed by Sunday Afternoon, also off of the
The show concluded with a massive group song session,
with all artists again onstage performing together.
The show ended somewhat abruptly, as the set had run
up to the noise ordinance curfew for the area, and had
to be shut down.
For having to share a stage for so much of the night,
Yamagata still found a way to connect with her fans,
delivering a choice of songs that helped display her
songwriting ability and individuality. She has some
serious talent, and her music is definitely worth taking
For more information on Rachael Yamagata, be sure
to check out her album Elephants . . . Teeth Sinking
Into Heart, on iTunes, or check out her Web site