Suzanne Vega with Duncan Sheik at the Cedar 11/15/2015


Two of the US’ best singer/songwriters stopped at the Cedar Cultural Center on Sunday night. Suzanne Vega with opener Duncan Sheik.

Opener Duncan Sheik has been touring with Suzanne Vega for years. Besides being singer/songwriter has written music for several musicals and films including American Psycho which is headed for Broadway.  His set started with newer material but he included his classics woven throughout. Between songs he shared stories from the road. After the first few songs he turned more electronic. Suzanne joined on stage for “I Don’t Do Sadness” one of his theater tracks.

Set List:
Half a Room
I Don’t Do Sadness (with Suzanne Vega)
Selling Out
Distant Lovers
This is Not an Exit

Suzanne Vega released her first album in several years “Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles” in 2014. One of the essential 80s singer-songwriter her music is still relevant today.  Her set opened with “Marlene on the Wall” a tribute to German actress Marelene Dietrich. She also professed her love of New York City in “New York Is My Destination”. Her voice still is her strongest tool and sounded great in the smallish venue. She wove material from her newer albums in with some of the staples and close with 2 songs played with Duncan Sheik.
Overall a successful evening with 2 great singers.

Set List:
Marlene On The Wall
New York Is a Woman
Small Blue Thing
Jacob and the Angel
New York Is My Destination
The Instant of the Hour After
Harper Lee
Neighborhood Girls
I Never Wear White
Barely Breathing (with Duncan Sheik)
Tom’s Diner (with Duncan Sheik)