In concert on August 22: San Francisco @ The Fillmore

Video: Smoke and Ashes

Video: Baby Can I Hold You

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Tracy Chapman at the Fillmore


  • A new, mature Tracy Chapman By Greg Archer, San Francisco Examiner, August 20, 2009

Looking forward: Four-time Grammy winner Tracy Chapman, on tour supporting her most recent album, “Our Bright Future,” plays at The Fillmore this weekend.

SAN FRANCISCO — Back in the 1990s, Tracy Chapman was part of the music motherlode.

Along with Tori Amos and Sarah MacLachlan, she helped give birth to an estrogen-laced singer-songwriter brigade that encouraged the masses to look within, embrace emotions, accept what was so and, at times, just look up and cry, “Now what?”

More than 20 years after her breakout hit “Fast Car,” the four-time Grammy winner, a longtime Bay Area devotee, may still be accepting what is so, the only difference now is that she seems to be doing it with more confidence.

Longevity will do that to you.

Bottom line: (Not that she needed a push but …) Chapman has come into her own — as an artist and a woman dedicated to learning more about herself.

“For me, it’s always been about the music first and foremost,” Chapman says about her career. “I started playing guitar when I was 8 and I love singing. It’s so much a part of the fabric of my life that I cannot imagine a time when I wouldn’t do it.”

Chapman has been back in the spotlight in the last year after the release of a new LP, “Our Bright Future,” last November. She and her band, San Francisco natives, hit the Fillmore on Friday and Saturday.

She says that the secret to her success has much to do with her loyal fans, many of whom supported her work even when some of her albums weren’t that commercially lucrative. Those would be the albums between 1988’s “Fast Car,” which sped up the charts, and 1995’s “New Beginnings,” which offered up the single “Give Me One Reason,” another Grammy-winning outing.

“Our Bright Future” is her first album in four years. On it, Chapman evokes a sense of grounded maturity.

“I get really excited about the creative process,” she says. “When I am writing songs, at times it feels as if you get to make something from nothing. I don’t have a schedule for topics I can write about. I write and then I find moments to play what I am inspired by.

“I am not always sure where the song comes from,” she adds. “For me, it’s always a bit of a mysterious process.”

One thing that remains clear is Chapman continues to evolve, both professionally and personally.

“There’s so much to learn in life,” she says. “I feel I’ve learned a lot of things but I am always excited about finding out new things about myself. That, for me, is the best.”

Tracy Chapman
* Where: The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.
* When: 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday
* Tickets: $50
* Contact: (415) 346-6000;


Venue: The Fillmore
Opening Act: Gaby Moreno

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  1. I just got back from the concert. It was GREAT I would go to Saturdays show too but $$$. Tracy and her band did a Wonderful show.


  2. I attended the show on 8/22/09. It was MAGNIFICENT! Really it filled my heart and soul with so much joy. When Tracy sang AMERICA it was so powerful, well really the whole concert was just something so special. Thank You Tracy. :) you fill my heart with joy, hope and enpowerment.

  3. The Saturday concert was even better than the Friday concert. It was PHENOMENAL!!!! :D

    She performed almost 2 hours. Here are the songs (not in the actual order and I might miss one or two):
    Baby can I hold you
    You are the one
    Save us all
    Our Bright Future
    Sing for you
    Say Hallelujah
    Give me one reason
    Talking ’bout a revolution
    Smoke and Ashes
    Fast Car
    The Promise
    For a dream
    For my lover
    I am yours
    She’s got her tickets
    Telling stories
    I could never take the place of your man (cover Jordan Knight)

  4. Sorry again D…..but I Could Never Take… NOT by Jordan Knight….he covered it…look that and Proud Mary up to see who were the ORIGINALS

  5. Fond to the songs…like nobody else has the voice like Tracy she is the only one on the world.
    First time heard her song was in 1991, and couldn’t believe that she can be on top

  6. Hey,

    When is the next Tracy Chapman concert, that’s on the East Coast (in Northampton, if possible)? I would love to attend my first TC concert and celebrate her songs with other fans.

  7. Tracy… you are the best song
    writer/performer that could ever
    be… please give us ONE MORE
    US TOUR! from one devoted fan….

  8. Yes! One more concert would be amazing as I’ve never been to one and would love to! A UK tour would be incredible.

    From a loyal fourteen year old fan, whose sorry she couldnt see one the first time around.

  9. I’d love to attend one of Tracy Chapmans concerts, but Tracy could you please come closer to Florida. How about Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa, Florida. PLEASE,OH,PLEASE!

  10. “Fast Car” every day make me feel better… Words, voice and awsome woman. Moments never repeat again.

    Come some day to Poland…

    Someone :)

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