Lisa Loeb playing two shows in the Valley SanTan Sun News

Lisa Loeb playing two shows in the Valley

July 20th, 2018 | by SanTan Sun News
Lisa Loeb playing two shows in the Valley
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By christina fuoco-karasinski

Staff

Arizona has been good to singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb.

She counts renowned Valley chef Mark Tarbell among her good friends, and enjoys her time around town.

“We’ve had lots of fun adventures there,” Loeb said enthusiastically. “We’ve hiked Camelback Mountain, and the Grand Canyon is a huge draw for me.

“The combination of the nature you have there, and the feel of being in the city is amazing. The flat houses, the super-hot sun, the Mexican influence, the food, I really love it there.”

Loeb is returning to the Valley to perform two shows at the Musical Instrument Museum on Aug. 4.

“I’m going to play a family show in the day with songs from my kids records,” Loeb said. “It’s a shorter show, with a couple of adult songs thrown in, if they’re requested.

“My grown-up show is similar to the kids show. I’m pulling from all of my albums. I like playing songs people are familiar with from radio, as well as newer things. I throw in a couple kids songs because they really are good for all ages. It breaks up the show in a nice way. It’s perfect for super fans and their friends who have never seen me before.”

Among her recognizable songs is the No. 1 track “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film Reality Bites. She was the first pop musician to have a No. 1 single while not signed to a recording contract.

She continues to craft pop songs while designing Lisa Loeb Eyewear, writing children’s books and supporting nonprofit causes. The Los Angeles-based mother of two released the family albums Catch the Moon (with Elizabeth Mitchell) and Camp Lisa (with sales benefiting the Camp Lisa Foundation).

Loeb cowrote the children’s musical Camp Kappawanna, which debuted at New York City’s Atlantic Theater Company. Recognizing her work to help kids get to summer camp, the American Camp Association (New England) named Loeb its 2015 Camp Champion honoree with a gala celebration at Fenway Park in Boston.

Being creative a number of ways is inspirational to Loeb, who is keeping busy this year with “secret projects.”

“There are so many different ways I write songs for television, kids shows, kids records, grown-up records or specific projects or playlists,” she said. “I love writing for a purpose. Sometimes I still fall back in that creative headspace where I go back to writing like I did when I was 12. Other times, it’s a little more of a puzzle.

“I’ve gone from wanting to be abstract to someone who wants to write stories. Kids’ music has helped me a lot. I need to tell a story that can be followed. It’s loosened me up a bit. I also collaborate a lot more.”

At her concerts, Loeb even collaborates with her fans because she occasionally forgets lyrics to requested songs.

“I’ve written so many songs and many, many song lyrics,” she said. “I appreciate the help.”

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