A few weeks ago, I saw Rachel Potter in the Broadway revival of "Evita," where she plays the "Mistress," and I was blown away by her performance. So when I found out she was going to be performing at Joe's Pub in support of her debut country EP "Live the Dream," with special guests Katie Thompson and Laura Osnes, along with Marty Thomas and Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf performing in her band, it was a no-brainer for me to attend.
I am so, so happy I decided to attend tonight's concert! First of all, one of the things I love about Joe's Pub is the intimacy of the space. The furthest seat is no more than 20-30 feet from the stage. With the newly re-designed space, almost every seat is a good one. While the seating is still tight, I do like the fact that I can now pick my seat when purchasing a ticket.
Opening for Rachel was rising country band "The Vanity Belles," consiting of Carrie Welling and Jessi Rae Waltz. These two girls were fierce with really beautiful voices. They only played three songs, but I enjoyed them and am looking forward to their full length debut album "Take Two" slated for release on October 4.
As for Rachel, SHE WAS ON FIRE!!! Her solo music is brilliant!! Her voice is that of a true angel!! I would put Rachel in a special elite category of truly talented singers!! As evidently displayed tonight, she can switch between genres (country, pop, and theatre) effortlessly! Most of tonight's songs were off of Rachel's debut country's EP "Live The Dream." I loved every song! The three songs from her EP that really touched me were "Live The Dream," "September Song," and "Hold On To Me."
"Live The Dream" is a great song about going after your dream even when people try to disuade you. I truly enjoy motivational songs like this. It's a reminder of why I do "Call Me Adam" and that I should never give up what I want to obtain in life. "September Song" is a song that Rachel wrote about her dad who's a recovering addict and "Hold On To Me" is a song Rachel wrote about losing her brother. I loved that Rachel exposed herself with these two songs. The emotional content of both songs really got me.
Katie Thompson was the first special guest tonight! I have been a Katie Thompson fan for quite a few years now, so I already knew Katie was a powerhouse vocalist, but to see Katie and Rachel sing together was magical! They complimented each other SO SO well! Katie teamed up with Rachel to sing Lady Gaga's "You and I." I don't think I can fully describe just how amazing Katie and Rachel sound together. It was like being in heaven! I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to see these two sing together! It's a moment in time I will forever remember! Let me also say, I really hope Katie and Rachel record an album of duets together or at least a few songs (hint hint). It would also be amazing if they do a full concert together! If they do a full concert together, the roof of whatever building they perform in will not only be raised, but recolated because these two will surely blow it far!
Taking the stage next with Rachel was Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes. Laura also has one of the most beautiful voices I have heard. Laura and Rachel did a beautiful mash-up of "How 'bout a Dance" which Laura sung in "Bonnie and Clyde" and "Another Suitcase In Another Hall" which Rachel sings in "Evita." This went over really well and their voices meshed together beautifully! One song together would have been sweet, but luckily they sang another song together. Since the one and only Reba McEntire attended Rachel's EP release concert this past May, Laura and Rachel sang Reba's "Does He Love You." What can I say? This was just pure delight to hear! They did this song justice.
Laura Osnes and Rachel Potter: "How 'bout a Dance"
Laura Osnes and Rachel Potter: "Does He Love You"
Rachel finished out the night on her own, evening debuting a brand new song. Rachel is such a talented singer and songwriter! I know this is just the beginning for her! Between theatre and music, Rachel is going to have quite the career! Rachel is touring around the city in support of her debut country EP "Live The Dream." The two scheduled dates are August 26 at Hill Country BBQ (30 West 26th Street) and October 4 at The Cutting Room (44 East 32nd Street).