Sharon Van Etten Manages to Do Everything Well These Days

“One of these days, I’m gonna walk up to the mic, and my voice just is not gonna be there,” innovative indie artist Sharon Van Etten mused almost an hour into her 75-minute set on February 18 at the Gothic Theatre, just a few miles south of Downtown Denver on Broadway. “I’m glad it’s not today.”

For that, all of us can be grateful.

Van Etten, who gave a pulsating performance on a cold winter’s night when temperatures hovered just below 20 degrees in the Mile High City, had just completed her test of tenacity and vocal strength by belting out “Seventeen”, a singular moment that should elevate the evolving musician and her new album Remind Me Tomorrow to “best of 2019” status.

The riveting number followed her sensitive turn, all alone onstage at the keyboard, of the Sinead O’Connor cover “Black Boys on Mopeds”, which Van Etten pointed out is “still relevant today”.

“Seventeen”, which the New Jersey native has called her love letter to New York City, should stand the test of time, too, because it’s for anyone courageous enough to look into their past and ponder whether they’ve improved or regressed with age.

Sharon Van Etten set list

Gothic Theatre: Monday, February 18, 2019

  • 1. “Jupiter 4”
  • 2. “Comeback Kid”
  • 3. “No One’s Easy To Love”
  • 4. “One Day”
  • 5. “Tarifa”
  • 6. “Memorial Day”
  • 7. “You Shadow”
  • 8. “Malibu”
  • 9. “Hands”
  • 10. “Black Boys on Mopeds”
  • 11. “Seventeen”
  • 12. “Every Time the Sun Comes Up”
  • 13. “Stay”
  • ENCORE
  • 1. “I Told You Everything”
  • 2. “Serpents”
  • 3. “Love More”

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