Concert Review: Ani DiFranco, Hard Rock Live, Oct. 18

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Photo by Linda Evans

Before the queen bee of the modern folk genre played, the sweet voice of opener Toshi Reagon filled the room, just as powerful as the first time I saw her open for Ani DiFranco in L.A. on an acoustic tour some 10 years ago. Her almost too-short set was a delight. It was even better when she took my shouted-out request for “I Hate/I Love,” and coordinated a group sing-along to the number.

When DiFranco took the stage, the singing along continued from the crowd of fans who knew every lyric to a set consisting of older favorites, such as “Little Plastic Castle” and “Napoleon.” With her guitar skills as on point as ever and backed by an upright bassist and a drummer, she recounted the story of the last time she was supposed to be in Vegas, got ill, subsequently thought she was pregnant again (she wasn’t), but then decided she wanted another baby with her fella and did. Who said Vegas wasn’t good for romance in some weird way? Glad our little city could help, Ani, and thanks for a folk-tastic evening.  ★★★★☆

Originally published in Vegas Seven.

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