Sarah McLachlan Clearwater Florida

Posted by miss m on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 @ 12:39am in Entertainment, General Blather, Photography and Pics, Things To Do |

I was so excited last November when I heard Sarah McLachlan was coming back to the Tampa Bay Area – after nearly a decade absence! Even better, she was going to perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall. A wonderful, acoustically beautiful theater that seats just under 2,200 people. The last time I saw her was at the then-named Ice Palace (currently the Amelie Arena) where the Tampa Bay Lightning play; a venue that holds more like 20,000!

Sarah McLachlan performing at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater for the Shine On Tour March 28, 2015

As ever, she was beyond wonderful! It was so good to see her.

Sarah McLachlan performing at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater for the Shine On Tour March 28, 2015

I spent a lot of time trying to find out the camera policy for Ruth Eckerd Hall and was only told “flash photography is prohibited at all performances.” So I figured I would bring my DSLR and my point-and-shoot as backup just in case. Because “no flash” is not the same as “no cameras.” The security guard questioned if it was a “detachable lens” on the DSLR and I admitted yes, but that I had no plans to detach it since I did not bring other lenses and he waved me in. Many people were using their cell phones for photos and I did see some point-and-shoots.

Sarah McLachlan performing at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater for the Shine On Tour March 28, 2015

We were row W, seats 26 and 27 so about 2/3 back just off center. There is no center aisle in the stadium seating but they are nice, comfy seats with plenty of leg room. The view was wonderful and I used my EF-S 55-250mm IS lens to get a combination of full stage and close-up shots.

Sarah McLachlan performing at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater for the Shine On Tour March 28, 2015

The set was a variety of both current songs off the most recent, “Shine On” album (released in 2014) as well as classic songs from older albums. It was a great variety.

Sarah McLachlan performing at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater for the Shine On Tour March 28, 2015

She also took time to talk about some of the meaning behind some of the songs and even joked about the fact she has a large number of “depressing love songs” because she said they’re just so much fun to write!

Sarah McLachlan performing at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater for the Shine On Tour March 28, 2015

She further joked when she did two “happy” songs in a row. 🙂

Sarah McLachlan performing at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater for the Shine On Tour March 28, 2015

The lighting was dynamic and ever-changing throughout songs, shifting through colors and really made for a beautiful visual companion to the music.

Sarah McLachlan performing at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater for the Shine On Tour March 28, 2015

Sarah McLachlan performing at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater for the Shine On Tour March 28, 2015

Sarah McLachlan performing at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater for the Shine On Tour March 28, 2015

It was absolutely wonderful and I truly enjoyed my “Evening with Sarah McLachlan.” She promised not to be gone so long next time and I think we all will hold her to that!

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