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Alanis Great in Concert and Shows Her Funny Side at Ravinia

Ravinia Festival
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HIGHLAND PARK, IL - Just as awesome and talented as ever it was a blonde Alanis Morissette who hit the Ravinia stage August 25th at 8:25 p.m., wearing a flowy top and delivering an 18 song setlist including the encore.  The opening song was "Forgiven." The finale was "Thank You," in the set that included her 90s hits, which brought everyone to their feet,  hits like "Head Over Feet," "You Outta Know," "You Learn," "Hand in My Pocket"  and "Ironic."  The 43-year-old greeted the crowd before song #3 saying she missed them terribly.  

I had a chance to gage the excitement of many before the show and Cali from Spring Valley, Illinois says this concert is a first for her on several fronts.  It was her first concert at Ravinia and her first time seeing Alanis.  She said next time she'll just have to remember to bring her own food (for the lawn).
An Alanis song that was new to me, and is now one of my favorites was song #16, "Edge of Evolution." Love it!  She played a silver sequence electric guitar and showed-off her musical talent prowess by playing several instruments including the harmonica and acoustic guitar​.  

Wendel Young from Arlington Heights said the show brought back fond memories of her "Jagged Little Pill" album.  Besides the fact that he loves Alanis he also just loves coming to Ravinia for the casual atmosphere and family-friendly environment.

She shared her fun side poking fun and laughing at herself when she forgot some lyrics saying "seriously I haven't slept in seven days."  In "Ironic" Morissette changed the lyrics to "It's like meeting the man of my dreams, then meeting his beautiful husband."   


Sharon Jackson is the local host of "All Things Considered" and a reporter for Lakeshore Public Radio. She has been with 89.1 FM since its launch in 2009. Sharon is also a radio DJ in Chicago, and has been since 2004. In her previous job at Metro Networks/Westwood One, she was heard on am 890 WLS, WGN radio 720 am and am 560 WIND. She has also delivered news and traffic reports on radio stations all over Chicago and the suburbs including 95.9 The River, 98.3 WCCQ and Star 96.7.
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