King was joined by her daughter Louise Goffin (on vocals and keys) and two middle-aged guys songwriters as well on guitars, bass and vocals. The mostly acoustic night was a comfortable stroll down nostalgia street, with King singing a slew of her hits.
At one point, she performed a medley alone at the piano that ran through a compendium of 60s songs she wrote with Gerry Goffin for other artists: Take Good Care of My Baby, It Might as Well Rain Until September, Im Into Something Good, Go Away Little Girl, One Fine Day, Hey Girl and a couple of others.
The rest of the night included several numbers from her smash 1971 album Tapestry. Two songs illustrated the inconsistency of her vocals. On Way Over Yonder, the first song after intermission, King sounded robust and soulful. A couple of tunes later, she struggled through Its Too Late although her performance reminded me of the exquisite simplicity of the choruss rhyme scheme:
And it's too late, baby, now it's too late
Though we really did try to make it
Something inside has died and I can't hide
And I just can't fake it
Matters got a little icky when King and company tried for the big, pre-encore finish that included a rockin version of Pleasant Valley Sunday.
No one really wants to see Grandma doing rock star poses.