concert review: Regina Spektor touches Kansas City fans

Dan Moreno

With a big smile, bright red lips and her best friend accompanying on the piano, Regina Spektor gave a moving and emotional performance for a mostly young audience at the Music Hall last Wednesday.

Promoting her latest album, “What We saw from the Cheap Seats,” the singer-songwriter from New York (via Moscow, Russia) played songs spanning her entire career. “On the Radio” and “Fidelity” were a couple of her greatest hits performed along with the newer “How” and “Small Town Moon,” which have the potential to become classics.

Without a doubt, Spektor is a musical phenomenon, but her deep and powerful lyrics truly set her away from the crowd.

She is a natural storyteller, and her songs cover an array of subjects from musings on love to observations about society.

The adoring crowd stood in awe of the artist’s raw talent and fervent passion for her craft as if it were a recital.

“The piano is not firewood, love what you have and you’ll have more love,” sang Spektor to an audience whose speechlessness was matched by its resounding applause.

A drummer, a keyboardist and cellist carried out the tunes.

One of the evening’s highlights was a guest appearance by Jack Dishel. In addition to being the guitarist for the opening act, Dishel is married to Spektor. Together, they performed “Call Them Brothers” in Russian. The rendition of “The Prayer” by Francois Villon drew cheers from the crowd as Spektor spoke of her love for “Old Russia.”

True to her timid personality, Spektor apologized after a mistake, making her start a song over. “I am sorry, I get so distracted,” she said.  The audience didn’t seem to mind and cheered her on.

Spektor and her band returned to the stage following a standing ovation after her last song. She performed fan favorites “Us” and “Samson,” and the audience of more than 2,000 sang along with her.

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