Colbie Caillat brought her California warmth to an especially dark and cloudy night in Manhattan when she performed at the Best Buy Theater yesterday.
She certainly looked the part of a Malibu girl with her blonde locks, loose white tank top, orange beach shorts, and infectious smile.
Her opening act, Andy Grammer, on the other hand, represented Orange County, New York and was excited to perform in his “hometown.”
“What a homecoming!” exclaimed Grammer. “My first gigs in New York City had audiences of five people– maybe even less,” joked the performer, who has been compared to stars like Jason Mraz, Michael Buble, and John Legend.
Grammer is a multi-instrumentalist who got his start busking on the streets of Los Angeles. His humble beginnings were the inspiration behind a few songs on his set list, including “Biggest Man in Los Angeles” and “Lunatic.” Both songs can be found on Grammer’s eponymous debut. Grammer also covered songs by Alicia Keys and Maroon 5.
Before introducing Caillat, Grammer played his biggest hit to date, “Keep Your Head Up,” although his vocals were quickly drowned out by the audience.
“New York crowds don’t mess around,” Grammer said after he finished the song. “That was the most intense sing-along I’ve ever heard in my life!”
Although Caillat was greeted with even more enthusiasm, all of her songs were low-key and soft. Her set featured hits and B-sides from her three albums, Coco, Breakthrough, and the most recent, All of You, released in July of this year.
“This new album is a step up for me,” Caillat explained to the crowd. “For the first time in my life, I was ready to take a relationship to the next level and not be annoyed by commitment. My songwriting reflects that.”
With guitar in hand, Caillat breezed through new songs, including “I Do,” “All of You,” and the inspirational tune, “Brighter Than the Sun.”
Halfway through her set, Caillat brought friend and collaborator Jason Reeves onstage. Reeves co-wrote all the songs on Caillat’s debut album. The pair performed “Shadow,” “Droplets,” and “Realize,” Caillat’s second hit to reach the Top 20.
Like her opening act, Caillat played more than her own material. She covered “Breakeven” by the Irish band The Script and Tracy Chapman’s 1988 classic, “Fast Car.”
But Caillat didn’t forget her roots. She closed the show with her first hit, “Bubbly.”
“[‘Bubbly’] still means a lot to me; it’s my beginning,” Caillat said. “I wouldn’t be here without that song, and of course, you guys,” she gestured to the crowd.
The humble Caillat thanked her fans after every song, and even let them take the lead on the last chorus of the night.
“Wherever, wherever you go,” hummed the audience as they filed out of the theater.
Additional tour dates can be found on Caillat’s official website.