Girls Night Out offers up 3 fantastic performances

By MIKE CHAIKEN
EDITIONS EDITOR
Three artists. Three fabulous performances.
That’s the best way to sum up the opening night of the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too Tour at the nearly full Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.
The package features headliners Christina Perri and Colbie Caillat, and chart newcomer Rachel Platten.
As far as touring ensembles are concerned, you probably couldn’t get a more perfect mix. All three artists are all strong women. All three are passionate singer songwriters. All three have distinctive vocal styles. And all three preach messages of positivity and offer up uplifting music for the soul.
However, although each artist meshes nicely together in this touring jigsaw puzzle, they also are hardly mirror images of each other. This means that as the evening progresses you can savor each musical flavor as it’s served up by three artists.
Headliner for this evening Perri has a much more dramatic flair to her musical approach. She has a definite edge and a definitely more dark element to her songs. Although it’s not true for every one of her songs, but when she sits at the piano, her music often reminds me of “Madman Across the Water”-era Elton John. Her lyrics aren’t as obtuse as Bernie Taupin’s—they are authentic to her own experiences. There is a raw honest quality to her music.
Colbie Caillat’s sound is more breezy. She offers up the type of music where a few bars will bring a smile to your face and a put bounce in your step. It is music you listen to as you sit at the beach, feel the coastal breeze blow over you, so you can watch the waves roll in.
Rachel Platten—who is riding a wave of popularity thanks to her “Fight Song”—has elements of an anthemic singer… probably due to her big hit. But she also sits squarely in the singer songwriter tradition—making me think of classic artists such as Carole King and Carly Simon. Her performance of “Fight Song,” was one of the highlights of the entire evening. The song had the crowd on their collective feet and singing along. It wasn’t something that typically happens with an opening act. But the song is deserving of the attention it has received.
The evening was full of music that was full of heart and intelligence. This was pop music but it wasn’t pop music that was all effervescence— sweet, sugary, with no substance. It was pop music to feed the soul.
All three women were superb vocalists, offering no evidence that any electronic sweetening was invoked.
The set lists of all three performers were interesting, with Caillat and Perri sprinkling their hits throughout their sets and building the tension and excitement with some of their lesser known tracks. Platten had her ace in the hole with “Fight Song” but she made sure the audience knew a little bit more about her as an artist, while also demonstrating her skill as a vocalist with her own rendition of TLC’s “Waterfalls.”
Besides the music, what made the evening special was the sincerity of all three—Perri, Caillat, and Platten. They were charming and endearing. Even if their music didn’t win you over—which it probably did—the personality of each performer offered a winning combination for a night out a show.
I’ve always said the best sign that you’ve seen a great concert is that you still want to hear the music again when you leave the auditorium. And when I left the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10, and I got in my car, I plugged in my iPhone and cued up the playlist I specifically created to get in the mood heading to the show.
I give the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too Tour with Christina Perri, Colbie Caillat, and Rachel Platten four out of four stars.
Comments? Email mchaiken@BristolObserver.com.

PHOTOS by MIKE CHAIKEN

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Christina Perri performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Christina Perri performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Christina Perri performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Christina Perri performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Christina Perri performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Christina Perri performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Christina Perri performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Christina Perri performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Christina Perri performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Christina Perri performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Christina Perri performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Christina Perri performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Christina Perri performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Christina Perri performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Christina Perri performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Christina Perri performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Christina Perri performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Christina Perri performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Christina Perri performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Christina Perri performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Christina Perri performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Christina Perri performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Christina Perri performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Christina Perri performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Colbie Caillat performs at the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Rachel Platten opened the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Rachel Platten opened the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Rachel Platten opened the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Rachel Platten opened the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Rachel Platten opened the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Rachel Platten opened the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Rachel Platten opened the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Rachel Platten opened the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Rachel Platten opened the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Rachel Platten opened the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Rachel Platten opened the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Rachel Platten opened the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Rachel Platten opened the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Rachel Platten opened the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Rachel Platten opened the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Rachel Platten opened the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Rachel Platten opened the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Rachel Platten opened the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Rachel Platten opened the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Rachel Platten opened the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Rachel Platten opened the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Rachel Platten opened the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Rachel Platten opened the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Rachel Platten opened the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Rachel Platten opened the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

Rachel Platten opened the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too tour that stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10.

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