Marci and I just got back from seeing an old friend (not really) play the Triple Door in Seattle.
Juliana Hatfield released a record last month and is touring around the country in support of it. She came to Seattle today and played the Triple Door. First surprise was that she was playing solo electric guitar and nothing else. Evidently the rest of her band had trouble or something. Second was that you can eat dinner at the Triple Door while the show is going on.
Anyway, I've seen Jules twice. Both times were at the Croc and both times featured a band and rocked fairly hard. This time, it was Jules, her SG, a Fender Tweed amp, a capo and a bottle of water. She walked on stage right on time, 7:30, said, "Good evening," and started with Somebody Is Waiting For Me, a little ballad off of her record Beautiful Creature.
She continued on with several songs off her new record, a CCR cover, as well as a few older tunes. She looked great in grey skinny jeans, a black/blue skinny leather (?) jacket, and long, dark brown hair hanging about her shoulders.
A few songs in, she mentioned how warm she was, and took off her jacket, revealing a sleeveless blouse. She cracked some jokes about adjusting bra straps, and then talked about how her mom got her a "bra whisperer" fitting, so, for the first time in her life, she'd have a properly fitting bra. It was quite cute.
The rest of the night went on with Marci and I eating dinner. Jules played on, of course, and seeing her with just a guitar was very powerful. I had a smile on my face the whole time, and it wasn't only because of Marci's low cut shirt.
Jules has been in my top 1 or 2 favorite musical artists since I was in college. I think this was the best she's been because she just got to go up and sing. It wasn't without mistakes, but the ones she made were completely cute and not showstoppers.
She played for a good part of 90 minutes, and then, that was that. With a wave, she was gone.
I took some pictures, but they turned out crappy, for the most part. Here's my favorite one.
Juliana Hatfield is a great musician. Check her out and enjoy her music.