Augustana Presented Sara Bareilles in Concert April 22


Augustana College presented an acoustic concert by Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Sara Bareilles at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, at the Washington Pavilion.

Tickets for “An Evening with Sara Bareilles" were $30.

Bareilles hit the mainstream in 2007 with her hit single "Love Song," which soared to No. 1 on the Billboard Pop 100 chart and sold more than 3 million copies. Her current album, “Kaleidoscope Heart,” debuted at No. 1 in the U.S. in late 2010. Within a month, the album’s first single, “King of Anything,” was the No. 2 song on AOL Radio and reached as high as No. 4 on Billboard’s Adult Pop Songs top 100 chart.

In a review of “Kaleidoscope Heart,” the Los Angeles Times wrote “…Bareilles takes a semi-confessional approach, her warm alto and hard-working piano arrangements strongly suggest conversation; she incorporates the stops and starts of casual speech into her singing. Whether speaking truth to a boor in the hit “King of Anything” or revving up her own slightly damaged engines in “Bluebird” or “Uncharted,” Bareilles keeps her mood hopeful, structuring her songs as well-paced ascents toward choruses meant to be sung with abandon. “Wish I were pretty, wish I were brave,” she murmurs at the start of “Let the Rain.” Her voice rises in intervals, and by the time the chorus takes over, the key and the mood has changed. The singer-songwriter’s background in university show choirs serves her well here, as she finds strength in complex vocal arrangements and the sorts of dramatic set-ups that have reminded us … that the very act of raising our voices can be a hugely liberating act.”

In late 2011, Bareilles served as a celebrity judge for the third season of NBC's musical talent show, “The Sing-Off,” alongside Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men.

She has toured with Maroon 5 and Sugarland; performed on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “30 Rock” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” In 2009, she was invited by First Lady Michelle Obama to perform at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh, Pa.