by Jennifer Simon
Dana Fuchs brought her unique blend of rock and blues to the The Center for Arts in Natick MA for a rocking ninety minute show on February 1st. From start to finish the show was engaging as Fuchs interacted with the audience and brought them into her own world steeped in rhythm and rhyme.
At times Fuchs channeled her inner Janis, but certainly has her own flair. The material was mostly original but included covers by legends of these styles including Marvin Gaye and Tina Turner, both totally appropriate for the audience and the artist.
She treated the audience like guests in her home, making eye contact and addressing everyone in the room, whether in the front row or in the further reaches of this intimate music space. Fuchs talked of love and loss, and spoke from the heart about her love of family, hanging on through the rough times and inviting love in- not walling it off.
You could really feel that this show was from her heart, and perhaps unique from other performances. There was no set list, Fuchs addressed the audience and asked for requests and took a poll at one point to determine the next song. And for only the second time in recent memory she treated the audience to an encore, an acoustic song featuring just an acoustic guitar and her amazing voice.
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