No breast cancer show can truly be complete without at least one joke about boobs and it came courtesy of the night's first act, neo-noir chanteuse, Brandi Shearer. With a smoky, but razor sharp voice, Shearer lulled all listening into an intoxicated seduction as she floated through her set which included numbers from her nascent release on Amoeba Records, Pink Lady.
Following Shearer was the peppy and bright Courtney Jaye whose love of laid-back island life shone through as she floated and swayed through her set of ear-friendly and accessible pop numbers. She even included a few slower, solo ditties, and the lack of her band allowed her shimmering voice to take control of the room.
When she finished, and after a few jokes from the night's emcee, an Amoeba representative, whose ebullient optimism and sarcastic bite, readied the crowd for Quincy Coleman to take the stage. Invoking the ghosts of a pre-rock 'n' roll world, Coleman opened her set with, “Calling Your Name,” the opening track from her latest release, Come Closer . In the shadowy corners of the Hotel Café, as Coleman slinked through the muted trumpet-lined shake, it was easy to forget the confines of modern times.
The night was closed out by organic Aussie songstress, Missy Higgins' earthy, down-home style of pop from her debut album, The Sound White . A rousing success, the event no doubt collected a significant contribution for a worthy cause while bringing some ears to rapture.