Janiva Magness wowed her fans on Friday July 11 at the EcoTarium in a concert co-produced by the EcoTarium and WICN public radio. She performed two sets, eleven songs, going back as far as her 1999 album, MY BAD LUCK SOUL and coming all the way forward to her most recent outing, THAT”S WHAT LOVE WILL MAKE YOU DO (Alligator 4924). All this despite an injury which resulted from a fall while loading her tour van ten days ago. For this show a foot cast and cane replaced her signature hand fan!
Her first set included three songs from the new album, finishing up with “Get It, Get It”, which was the closer. The dance floor was full and the enthusiastic fans moved over to the CD table where there was a long line waiting to buy autographed CDs.
The dancers returned for set two which began with “I”m Lost Without You” from her USE WHAT YOU GOT album. Guitarist Zach Zunis was on the record and he was featured here. A pair of songs from the 2006 album DO I MOVE YOU (“Workin” On Me Baby” and “You Were Never Mine”) were met with enthusiastic approval. “Ain”t Lost Nothin”” followed an autobiographical recitation of some of the many tragedies she has endured. “You Sound Pretty Good” from the latest album, written with her husband Jeff Turnes, presented a more upbeat look at her current situation in the music business.
She concluded the evening by singing, rather than talking, to her fans. She introduced the band and expressed her gratitude to the audience for its support.
The Band: Benny Yee, keyboards; Zach Zunis, guitar; Gary Davenport, bass; Perry Senn, drums.