Gardot plays guitar and piano with flourish, passion and tranquility as her mood dictates. During her set she can be watched with her head down almost resting on the keyboard as she fiercely plays her jazz chords. While sitting on a stool, legginess in full view, she casually and comfortably plays the strings of her guitar, plucking out the important chords and notes to accompany songs like "Comfort Me", one of my favorites.
Starting with the end first, Gardot ended the show with a medley of Fever and Summertime. Videotaping at the Park West is forbidden but I got a good clip anyway ; )
Gardot started the show with a song from her latest album sung acapella, lights beaming down on her, while she plays a type of percussion maraca in her left hand. Her band slowly came in one by one adding to the richness of the song. She is becoming known not only for her sultry vocals but also her costume choices (she has a degree in fashion design) and her wry and quick wit. After the first song, her mic became loosened and slipped straight down, still upright, stopping at the height of her, um, "pelvis". Without missing a beat, she immediately commented to herself, the audience, and her body part "No, YOU won't be singing tonight" and then acutely added, "Well, maybe later". Wink.
Getting to the show we were running late but managed to secure a non-metered legitimate parking spot a block from the Park West. On top of that, we managed to secure two seats in front of the stage. The gods and good karma were with us. Nothing left to do but sit back and enjoy traveling with Gardot to destinations of her choosing. As she quipped, "this is a cheaper way to visit these countries but the pilot does not know how to fly a plane". We enjoyed the trip and landed safely back in Chicago only saddened by her departure.
Her show and awesomeness get a 5 out of 5 guitar rating. Such a memorable experience.