Posted May 13, 2014 by Gabrielle Sukich in Show Reviews

Sarah Jarosz // 5-9-14 // Aladdin Theater

Sarah Jarosz
Sarah Jarosz

Friday night Portland based band, and Austin, Texas native, Sarah Jarosz gave an outstanding show at the cozy Aladdin Theater.

The evening opened with Alameda, consisting of Stirling Myles and Jessie Dettwiler. From afar this band looks like it will be chock full of that “Portland” vibe, but the combination of Myles’ soft guitar and vocals and Dettwiler’s radiant cello and harmonies paired with an elegant arrangements, felt unexpected. There is something melancholy, yet enchanting about their music. Dettwiler’s cello beautifully meshes with the negative spaces of Stirling’s vocals and guitar work.

Jarosz was joined by Nathaniel Smith on the cello and Alex Hargreaves on the fiddle and guitar. Jarosz not only has an incredible voice, but also is an astonishing mandolin, banjo, and guitar player. She is widely known for her impeccable bluegrass abilities, but her songwriting and arrangement feels loosely like indie folk. Her set felt very natural and humble, like she was just there to share this one moment with the audience.

The trio flawlessly performed “Simple Twist of Fate” by Bob Dylan, which is also on her newest album Build Me Up From Bones. My personal favorite of the night was her interpretation of the classic “The Way You Look Tonight”, which was so carefully delivered. Smith’s playing was full of vigor and emotion and as if there was not already enough, Hargreaves on the fiddle added the perfect amount of lightness and beauty.

Overall, this collection of unassuming yet amazing performers captivated the audience with their all around talent and charm.

Gabrielle Sukich



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