Lisa Loeb’s visit to the Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs on Wednesday was a musical double-header – an afternoon show for the kids and an evening show for the adult fans of this Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter.
Loeb has a pair of children’s albums to her credit – “Camp Lisa” and a collaborative venture with Elizabeth Mitchell, “Catch The Moon” – so she’s no dilletante merely trying to cash in on the wide-open kids’ market that Raffi used to share with Barney.
Loeb’s now a mother of a 1 ½-year-old, so it all made perfect sense, as she spun her way through “The Alphabet Song” and many others to a bunch of youngsters ranging from one-to-ten years old.
If there was one glitch, it was that many of the kids realized somewhere after the second or third song that this was really just play-time with live musical accompaniment. After that, it became a fun free-for-all in front of the stage.
Loeb took it all in stride. Wearing her patented glasses – yes, she now has her own line of signature eyewear – and warm smile, she continued performing her family-friendly repertoire, while the kids danced the afternoon away foot-loose and fancy-free under the supervision of their moms and dads.
Both Lisa Loeb concerts were a great step forward in making people aware that the Universal Preservation Hall is open for business and presenting world-class talent on its huge stage.
Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk