Last Night in Cleveland: Feist

The opulent setting of Playhouse Square’s Palace Theatre initially seemed like an odd choice to hold a concert by one of indie-pop’s most beloved artists. After all, the venerable hall usually stages performances by Broadway vets, big-time comedy shows, and Vegas-style spectacles. The sight of twenty- and thirtysomething hipsters with piercings and T-shirts mulling around the lobby before Feist’s concert last night probably sent blood pressures skyward in at least a few of the octogenarian ushers, who are used to folks dressed in suits and evening gowns. But once Feist walked on the dark, spare stage, the Palace turned out to be the perfect venue for the singer-songwriter’s urbane blend of pop, rock, torch, and jazz. The Canadian singer-songwriter and her four-piece band -- all dressed in white – played a 90-minute set that mirrored the nuances of 2005’s Let It Die and, particularly, last year’s breakthrough CD, The Reminder. Onstage shadow plays (featuring candles, puppets, and blobs of all shapes and sizes) supplemented the music ...