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Regina Spektor was the first musician signed on to play the Palace Theatre in downtown St. Paul. While Regina ended up being the 5th musician to perform at the 101-year old, former vaudeville theater, her performance was well worth the weight. The theater state new state-of-the-art sound system came to life with Spektor piano playing and crisp, clear and pitch perfect vocals.
Instead of banging a drumstick against a chair, or breaking out a guitar, Spektor was joined by a full band to bring her latest album, Remember Us To Life, alive. Touring band members included Yoed Nir on cello, Mathias Künzli on drums/percussion and Brad Whitely on keys.
Spektor treated the Twin Cities audience to a 110-minute catalog showcase. With her Steinway and Son’s piano, Regina opened the set with “On The Radio” off 2006’s Begin to Hope. It was the reaction to new tracks like “Grand Hotel” and “Older and Taller” which seemed to bring a smile to Spektor’s face. She went on to sprinkle 9 songs from Remember Us To Life including a lively and vocally intensive performance of “SmallBill$” — which Spektor delivered with a hip-hop stance.
The Russian-born singer-songwrite kept the focus on her music, with the exception of “Ballad of a Politician.” “The only reason I get to play these songs is I came to the United States as a refugee,” said Spektor. “I feel with all my heart that it’s important for us to stay loving and to fight to keep windows and doors open. No ban. No walls. No iron curtain.” Amen.
Regian Spektor’s spring tour continues through April 8th. For the latest dates, go to ReginaSpektor.com.
On the Radio
Older and Taller
The Trapper and the Furrier
Chelsea Hotel #2 (Leonard Cohen cover)
Ballad of a Politician
You’ve Got Time
Sellers of Flowers
Black and White
Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)