Monday, May 19, 2008
2008_05_17 Céline La Coste at Beat Niq
I arrived a bit late at Beat Niq - more so because of the destruction on 9th ave, searching for a parking spot... Lucky for me, Céline delivered a long set, so I got lots of time to listen (and take pictures). Céline grew up French, and said she didn't learn English until the 4th grade - she sings in Spanish and Portugese (Jobim of course) as well. She was well supported by local musicians Egor Ukoloff on piano, Gerry Hebert on sax, James Bailey on guitar (nice solo), Mark Johnson on bass and Luis Angel on percussion. They were all enjoying the performance and the music.
Céline has a beautiful voice and fun stage presence. The club was full, and the crowd enjoyed her tunes and stage banter. As the set ended, she let the 'band' do a tune as she went out into the audience to say hello to old friends and to make new friends.