Jessica Maynard, writer
Josh Grobans enchanting performance at Sleep Train Arena Oct. 6 included high ranging vocals, charm and a set list filled with fan favorites.
Josh Groban has a voice that most people would appreciate but his playful attitude during concerts takes fan appreciation to a whole new level.
When he’s not wowing the audience with his enchanting voice, he reminisces on the past, tells jokes and interacts with the audience.
His In the Round tour stopped at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento Oct. 7, with opening act Judith Hill (The Voice and 20 Feet From Stardom) who sings multiple songs with Groban, he showcased a seven-piece band, orchestra musicians and backup singers, was a relaxed show full of memories mixed with an elegant and mesmerizing performance.
After performing “Brave” and “False Alarms” Groban addressed the audience stating that Sacramento held a special place in his heart because this is the city where his career began. He recalls being 17 years old and singing for the governor’s inauguration in 1998 at Arco Arena. It was his first time singing in front of an audience.
Groban charmed the audience with a crowd-pleasing set of favorites including “You Raise Me Up,” “February,” “Un Alma Mas” with guest Daniel Rosenboom on trumpet and Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) a song written by Don McLean as a tribute to Vincent van Gogh. Groban who loves performing songs in foreign languages performed the Italian song “Alla Luce Del Sole.”
Hill accompanied Groban on the song “The Prayer” which he originally sang with Celine Dion at the 1999 Grammy Awards.
Groban ended his set list with his Grammy nominated song “You Raise Me.” The song peaked at No. 1 on the US Adult Contemporary chart in 2004.
His encore featured Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile” and Stevie Wonder’s “I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever).”