I'm a little overdue in posting this, but I went to see Sharon van Etten (for the fourth time, overall) in the Taft Theater basement ballroom about two months ago.
Having already seen her three times, I knew what to expect from her music and her stage presence and I was not disappointed. She was every bit as personable and low-key as she had been every other time I've seen her. I can see her growth, though, she becomes more comfortable and self-assured with every performance.
Through this concert, I was introduced to a new (to me) artist, Damien Jurado. He opened for Sharon and displayed many of the same traits that make the main act such a joy to watch. Like Sharon, his music can be emotional and a bit depressing. But, like Sharon, he displays an ease and good humor that keep the show from being a cry-fest.
In case you can't tell by the four times that I have seen this artist live, she is one of my favorite to catch live. If she's ever in your area, do not skip her show!