Masking Up For Rosanne

Well, better late than never. The enduring Rosanne Cash graced the stage of The Royal Conservatory’s Koerner Hall in downtown Toronto last Saturday night along with her incredible band (including husband Steve Leventhal), and it proved to be a terrific show. Originally this concert was scheduled for Sunday, April 11, 2021 but, like so many things the last couple of years, was postponed due to COVID-19.

The crowd was overjoyed to see her, and Rosanne herself was truly thrilled to be there, and said so. While I’m not a Rosanne Cash fan per se (Vince instigated the ticket purchasing and I came along for the ride), I do appreciate good music of any genre – and what a great venue for the concert: the beautiful and acoustically-superb Koerner Hall!:

Koerner Hall

I was very curious, especially, to see exactly how something like a concert can be attended during these pandemic times. Masks and second vaccinations were required for entry, and here’s what the crowd looked like:

I didn’t get any shots of the actual concert as photography during the concert was prohibited; as a good Canadian I acquiesced and obeyed the rules. I did, however, grab a quick shot of the stage before the evening got under way:

The stage, pre-concert

Here’s what the concert setlist looked like:

A Feather’s Not a Bird
The Sunken Lands
Etta’s Tune
The Only Thing Worth Fighting For
Tryin’ to Get Home
(Reverend Gary Davis cover)
Crossing to Jerusalem
Particle and Wave
She Remembers Everything
Long Black Veil
(Lefty Frizzell cover)
Ode to Billie Joe (Bobbie Gentry cover)
The World Unseen
When the Master Calls the Roll
Blue Moon With Heartache
The Killing Fields
Money Road
Tennessee Flat Top Box
(Johnny Cash cover)
Encore: Seven Year Ache

All in all, a great concert by a beautiful, talented and charming performer. Thank you so much, Rosanne, for braving COVID and travelling from the U.S. to deliver this perfect concert to us. Apparently this was the only Canadian date on her tour and we were honoured to have her.