I have always liked Jewel – but I have to say I never really appreciated her until I saw her live. Which happened last Friday, at the Arvada Center here in Denver, a smallish outdoor amphitheater that was perfect for Jewel to belt out her songs with her big, amazing voice.
Not only did we get to see Jewel perform, we got to go backstage with about 50 other lucky fans, meet her, have our photo taken with her, ask her questions, and hear her sing a song just for us.
When Country Financial asked me to attend Jewel’s Denver stop on the Trips and Picks tour, I didn’t quite understand what I was getting.
First of all, fans could purchase a VIP backstage package, where you hang out with Jewel – and get drinks and appetizers – HELLO, AWESOME. There are not many bands I would pay the steep ticket price for – but if it is your favorite musician? OF COURSE I WOULD. Awesome.
When it was my turn for a question, I asked how she dealt with the backlash as she changes up her style all the time. She said she likes when music shows all sides of a person, that when you look in a closet you don’t just see jeans or business suits or skirts – you see all sorts of things.
After that, she sang a song to us privately, an unreleased song about a friend she lost to cancer, with lyrics like she “had a hole in her heart the shape of you.” Given what has been going on with my mom, her being diagnosed with lung cancer recently, of course I cried. Big drippy tears.
Next, out to the show. The people next to us text messaged during the opening act and won an upgrade to front row. So smart!
Also, Jewel recorded our show, and on our way out, we handed over $20 for a card with a code on it. I thought we would get a few songs – but nope. I now have the entire concert in my iTunes after a simple download. Also so smart!
And while we are talking about awesome – Jewel herself was adorable. Funny, self-effacing and extremely personable. I highly enjoyed both the music and her personality.
Case in point: POLKA!
Or. Would you like to hear about her family history? I was entranced. And then all the songs that followed were downright awesome.
How many times have I said “awesome” now? But, yup, she was.