Friday, August 6, 2010

Karine Hannah's Metropolitan Room Encore

Following her emotive June 25 performance at New York's Metropolitan Room in Chelsea, Karine Hannah returned for a second summer showcase tonight, encoring "Guilty Pleasures," a set of 1970s/early 1980s hits all originally sung by men.

Many of these songs come across as cheesy in original form—sung by guys—but a woman's touch brings them to a higher level, such as Dan Hill's "Sometimes When We Touch" or "If" by Bread, a song I've never been able to stomach until Thursday evening. Others like Leo Sayer's "When I Need You" are already memorable, but it's the Karine touch that breathes new energy into them. Another tour de force performance!Above, the many faces of Karine Hannah, all of which I love something silly.In the house: producer and longtime friend Bernadette O'Reilly, Ayhan and Dennis, pro bass guitarist Mike Stanzilis, Teddy and David from Washington and their respective plus-ones, Donna Delmas... and a house full of new and established fans.
Below, a clip of Karine singing "When I Need You"! Youtube link.
And Kenny Loggins' "Forever"! Youtube link.