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Susan Tedeschi roars at the Zoo
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Susan Tedeschi roars at the Zoo

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Susan Tedeschi
August 19
Woodland Park Zoo


The only thing missing from Susan Tedeschi's performance at Woodland Park Zoo was a slab of baby back ribs and the charcoal. This woman brought the fire, delivering an explosive set that had me sweating more than half a bottle of Tabasco.

A well-respected blueswoman, nominated for multiple Grammy Awards that includes a Best New Artist nod in 2000, Tedeschi opened her 90-minute clinic with "True," one of many tracks played on Wednesday evening from her latest album, Back to the River. Dressed casually in jeans, a sleeveless plum-colored top and dark shades, the Florida-based singer-songwriter stood front and center on stage, supported by a five-member ensemble of instrumentalists.

"Can't Sleep at Night" was sweet and tender, featuring a hushed guitar underneath Tedeschi's smoky vocals. Through a microphone, her voice is bold and thick as molasses, yet when she addressed the crowd it was honey-coated with a light twang. On "700 Houses," a song inspired by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the blues-rock artist recalled seeing broken homes and a city being washed away.

A powerful storm herself, Tedeschi ripped through a better-than-worthy version of Jimmy Wells' "Little by Little," highlighted by a saucy organ solo, and then strengthened her performance with a mean guitar on "Back to the River" that was punctuated by some blistering saxophone work - you seriously had to fan the smoke clouds after that number!

Another memorable point of the show was Tedeschi's funky, soulful re-do of Betty Harris' "Break in the Road." She came across as a riskier, more confident Bonnie Raitt - she really sank her meaty vocals to the very pit of the song.

Just before the start of "Butterfly," the former gospel choir member told the audience that she and her band toured the Zoo earlier in the day, and the drummer had fallen heavily for the baby orangutans. Tedeshi's appearance this week was part of the ZooTunes summer concert series, which recycles a portion of the proceeds to the facilities and the caretaking of its animals. How fortunate we are as Seattle residents to have a highly reputable zoo in the city, a mere 20-minute bus ride from downtown.

Tedeschi shined on a cover of The Beatles' "For No One," and then exploded on a sizzling rendition of "The Feeling Music Brings." Most concertgoers snapped their fingers and bobbed their heads as they reclined in portable lounge chairs or relaxed on spread-out blankets, but at the foot of the stage a cluster of people danced and swung to the hearty sounds. With hamburgers just off the grill from a local food vendor, it was one damn good barbecue.

The main set finished with Tedeschi's signature tune, "It Hurts So Bad," and she didn't disappoint - wailing the chorus like a mother during childbirth, she gave me goosebumps. Returning for a two-song encore, the blues diva was flawless on a version of "Angel from Montgomery."

Susan Tedeschi is a fireball of a performer, an artist who can parallel the prowess of Bettye LaVette or Sharon Jones. Perhaps the only thing that could've made Wednesday's performance better would have been a more attentive crowd, as some concertgoers had only heard of her by name and arrived at the Zoo simply to unload a picnic basket on the grassy lawn or chase after their 2-year-olds with ice cream bars in hand. I have a feeling that in an indoor atmosphere, preferably in front of a 21-plus audience and with continuous pours of brandy, this woman could knock my socks off.

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