While the Orpheum Theatre’s stage was dark aside from several strategically-placed votives, Rufus Wainwright sang “Candles” in a capella from his latest creation Out of the Game produced by Mark Ronson. Oh, but as the lights went up, Wainwright raised the energy level with his distinct voice and smooth moves while looking spectacular in sunglasses, gold lame pants, a tuxedo jacket and red/orange slippers.
With his new album, tour and a full band, Wainwright sang his heart out during the entire show with much love and admiration for his family. The most notable presence in the room was his mother, the late Kate McGarrigle. Although Wainwright could stand on his own quite well the entire night, he shared the spotlight with his talented band, including two songs sung by his bandmates Teddy Thompson (who opened and charmed the crowd) on “Saratoga Summer Song” and Krystle Warren with “I Don’t Know,” which tugged hard at your soul. As Wainwright sat alone at the piano, he admitted being hesitant with his arrangement of “On My Way to Town.” “Place your bets!” Nothing to be hesitant about oh talented one. As Wainwright pointed out, he also loves his father, Loudon Wainwright III, and played “One Man Guy.”
I had never seen Rufus Wainwright live before. I knew I would be in love with the music and that voice, but left adoring this man.
“Montauk,” was written for his daughter Viva.
one day you will come to montauk
and you will see your dad wearing a kimono
and see your other dad pruning rošes
hope you won’t turn around and go
Photos by Debi Del Grande
Welcome to the Ball
Song of You
The One You Love
I Don’t Know
Out of the Game
Sometimes You Need
One Man Guy
Going To a Town
On My Way To Town
My Bitter Tears