Concert Review: Tina Shafer At The Bitter End


Tina Shafer has been producing and directing the New York Songwriter’s Circle for over 20 years now and is an esteemed songwriter, vocal coach and performer. She has worked with many prominent artists including: Celine Dion, Donna Summer, Vanessa Carlton, Sheena Easton and Avril Lavigne. Recently, Shafer played the entirety of her latest album, The Good Ones, at New York City’s The Bitter End on November 15th to a standing-room only crowd.

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Joined by a group of talented musicians (to include drummer Joe Bonadio who recently returned from touring with Sting), Shafer sang to the crowd perched atop a stool providing a relaxed and genuine vibe in the room.  The ensemble continuously switched off on instruments throughout the night, with Shafer changing between vocals, piano and guitar.  The bassist changed between a standing bass and bass guitar and an accordion player and violinist jumped on stage at various points.  Shafer’s son joined his mother on a few songs and harmonized perfectly. The chemistry within the group was undeniable and the musicians couldn’t help but smile at one another throughout the night.

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