Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton @ SOPAC, 10/14/2017


Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton, hit New Jersey’s SOPAC with a vengence on October 14th. Per usual (at least the two other times I have seen them) Fischer and Grand Baton like to start things slow, warm up with a little ethereal read, as they did this night with Eric Bibb’s “Don’t Ever Let Nobody Drag You Spirit Down.” But very soon bassist Aidan Carroll was rolling us into “Heart And Soul,” which easily led to “Fever,” where drummer Thierry Arpino came off his set to play cajon. Then things got real good, Fischer and Baton hit  Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,” and “Rock and Roll.” Guitarist JC Maillard, who plays  guitar, SazBass, and keys had a grand old time wailing away with his whammy bar as Lisa belted.

After a fifteen minute break, the players returned for some Stone’s covers (Lisa Fischer is well known for her female backing vocal stint with the Rolling Stones for twenty five years), “Miss You,” and a spooky “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” Included in this set, the ender actually was Lisa’s own hit, “How Can I Ease The Pain,” a killer torchy read that left everyone spent.

“Addicted To Love,” was the encore and saw Fisher come off stage, to sing up close and tease the first few rows of the orchestra. Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton are always a grand time, but this time at the SOPAC, they rocked!

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