Tell me about Monday night’s Joan Armatrading concert at the Civic

Repeating Islands


This review by Doug MacCash appeared in The Times-Picayune.

If you were at the Joan Armatrading concert at the Civic Theater Monday night (April 27) in New Orleans, please add your recollections to mine. Post your thoughts, plus details I missed in the comment stream below and I’ll try to weave them into the story. Here’s my take on the show:

The Caribbean-born songwriter was having an epic bad day. At 2 a.m. a false fire alarm in her Baton Rouge hotel caused a short evacuation, then at 7 a.m. a raging storm robbed the hotel of electricity, prompting another evacuation of the upper floors, then at roughly 9:30 p.m., near the start of her act in the Civic Theatre in New Orleans, gremlins caused her electric keyboard and guitars to go silent for several long minutes.

Eyes shaded by her long bangs, she stood at center stage, bemusedly explaining all that had…

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