You could not sign on to a social network while in the Tri-State area Wednesday night and avoid the commotion happening inside Radio City Music Hall. Sara Bareilles headlined her first ever show in the iconic venue, and the sold-out audience raved of the singer’s performance.
“It’s incredible,” Bareilles told me after sound-check inside the theater on Wednesday. “It’s one of the top five things that I’ve ever wanted to do in my whole life so I’ve been pinching myself all day.”
The Manhattan resident headed to the music hall the way most New Yorkers would: via subway. Upon arrival, Bareilles sent a stream of tweets and Instagram photos exhibiting her feelings of anxiousness and excitement.
“I’ve seen so many shows here,” Bareilles said. “(I’ve) just been dreaming about, ‘Could I ever be on stage?’ So it’s a really, really special day.”
The fact that the “Love Song” artist now resides in the concrete jungle only heightened her sense of the moment. She moved from California in January after completely starting over, leaving her band and boyfriend while pursuing the project that would be known as The Blessed Unrest.
“It feels amazing,” described Bareilles. “I didn’t see this coming, you know? I didn’t realize that this record was going to allow me the opportunity to play in a room like this so it’s really special.”
While the “Brave” singer did not know during the day if any friends that the public knows of would be in attendance, she did note that a number of family members made the trip from the west coast. A few celebrities did pop up in the crowd Wednesday evening, including “Today” host Hoda Kotb.