In defiance of a gray and rainy afternoon, Josh Groban lifted a Long Island audience’s spirits Friday night.
The “You Raise Me Up” singer performed at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, as he continues his tour in support of his latest album, “Harmony.” The pandemic-era offering — released in November 2020 — boasts several covers, including Elvis Presley’s “It’s Now or Never” and Robbie Williams’ “Angels.”
Throughout the evening, Groban elicited chuckles from his audience as he spoke between lush pieces. He shared sweet stories, including receiving appreciative roses from Robbie Williams for covering his tune, and made jokes at his own expense, suggesting some members of the audience were reluctantly in attendance at the behest of their dates. He vowed to win those folks over by the end of the night.
Before Groban graced the stage, singer-songwriter Eleri Ward performed Stephen Sondheim pieces solo with her beautiful vibrato and acoustic guitar, followed by the six-piece New Orleans Preservation Hall Band, who shuffled through a set of jazz numbers.
At last, Groban and his backing orchestra charmed the crowd at Jones Beach with a few originals, including, “February Song” and “Granted,” and a wealth of covers, opening with Frank Sinatra’s “The World We Knew (Over and Over),” and closing with Mitch Leigh’s “The Impossible Dream.”
GreaterLongIsland watched Groban and his fellow performers from the soundboard at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater. Please scroll down and click the numbered boxes to view our photographs from the concert.