Like many kids who grew up in the 80’s I was introduced to Jenny Lewis from the movies ‘Troop Beverly Hills’ and ‘The Wizard’ before coming across ‘Rilo Kiley’ in an article in ‘Under the Radar’ right before their second album ‘The Execution of All Things’.
Lewis and her band came on stage to ‘867-5309/Jenny’ by Tommy Tutone. Starting things out behind the piano for ‘Heads Gonna Roll’ and ‘Wasted Youth’ before taking center stage drenched in pink lights for ‘The Big Guns’, the first of several songs off her first solo album ‘Rabbit Fur Coat’ that she released with opening act The Watson Twins. About a third of the way into the set Lewis played a heartfelt rendition of ‘Happy’ that you could almost hear a pin drop as the crowd fell to just about a near silence with the only real sound that was audible was the clanking of glass at the bar.
For most the night Lewis shied away from songs off of ‘Acid Tongue’ till the second to last song of the main set with ‘See Fernando’. Lewis closed the main set with a cover of her former band Rilo Kiley’s ‘With Arms Outstretched’. When Lewis came back for the encore she kept with the Rilo Kiley theme with ‘Silver Lining’. Lewis brought out the Watson Twins for the final three songs ‘Rise Up With Fists!!’ and ‘Melt Your Heart’ both off of Rabbit Fur Coat and closed it with Rilo Kiley’s ‘I Never’ and having the crowd sing happy birthday to drummer Jason Boesel and album More Adventurous.