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Review: The unassuming anti-diva serenades Reno
by Sarah Cooper
Sep 26, 2009 | 827 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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In 2007, Colbie Calliat made a splash by posting her music to her MySpace page. Since being discovered, she has worked with Lifehouse, the Goo Goo Dolls, Jason Mraz and other artists. She plays Friday night at the Grand Sierra Resort.
Courtesy photo - In 2007, Colbie Calliat made a splash by posting her music to her MySpace page. Since being discovered, she has worked with Lifehouse, the Goo Goo Dolls, Jason Mraz and other artists. She plays Friday night at the Grand Sierra Resort.
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Colbie Caillat wasn't pumping up an audience Friday night at the Grand Sierra Resort. Nor was she putting on a staged and canned act for the bennefit of her audience. The sweet, unassuming Malibu girl was just being herself and singing.

Caillat didn't take the stage until 10:15 p.m., leaving warm up piano bar and coffee shop guitar artist Howie Day to entertain the crowd. The show started at 8. From what I hear, she was out back before hand barbecuing a brat with the band.

If Caillat is anything, she is unassuming and talented, and it showed from the stage. Friday night's show was not about her. In fact, the woman with the no. 1 hits was more comfortable letting her stage manager and the fans take the spotlight. Each was equally a good idea, especially the talented and goofy stage manager.

At one point in the show, she even interrupted the songs to say thank you to a fan who had given her a necklace. Turned out, it was the fan's birthday so Caillat, and the packed showroom venue, sang happy birthday to the girl. And yes, the venue was mostly filled with girls.

Caillat certainly didn't forget about her chart-topping hits - the stage version of "Realize" was the best I have heard. She also sprinkled in a good mix of lesser, but not entirely unknown, songs into the mix, ending with a silly song about "those tinglies in a silly place" that skyrocketed her to stardom in the first place. "Bubbly" was sung by almost every crowd member.

The show made the audience feel so relaxed and unassuming, it was as if we were just hanging out with a very kind friend. However, if the friend doesn't come over for a drink and some relaxed beach-style down time until 10:15 p.m., the fun might wear thin pretty fast.

Caillat is not a beer-guzzling, or even wine-sipping, stage performing clown. The girl of 24 seemed to be more interested in talking about the swirl of introspective and musing emotion that went into her somewhat self-written songs than she was interested in putting on a show. It was obvious she wanted to share something she loved and make the audience have a good old-fashioned fun time while she was at it.

One of the sweeter moments in the show came when Caillat pointed to a front row booth and asked all of her family to stand up and dance. They had all come to see their daughter, grand daughter and cousin take the stage - just as if she were a child at her first elementary school soccer game.

The audience snapped and swayed right along with grandma, adding one more thoughtful moment to the unassuming star's night.

But by that time, it was late. The crush of people left the concert humming their favorite Caillat song, ready to wind down their night. After waiting two hours for the main event, I was certainly tired.

Caillat knows how to sing. The woman also knows how to write moving songs. However, the show wasn't a party. It was a laid back-beach front get together. Caillat is a family-friendly entertainer who will keep the audience feeling loved. But she may start late enough to keep some of the hundreds of dressed up girls out past their bedtimes.

By the end of the show, I was ready to drift off to sleep, humming the tunes to a few of her songs.
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