Lisa Loeb broke onto the music scene in the ’90s and was immediately welcomed into the echelon of acoustic singer-songwriters who dominated the Lilith Fair era. She embodies emo-nerd chic and makes it sexy, and she’ll be unleashing all her hits and irresistible magnetism at YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, March 30.
Her stripped-down confessionals, like “Stay (I Missed You)” from the cult classic film Reality Bites (which catapulted Ben Stiller, Ethan Hawke and Winona Ryder to Gen-X infamy) remain popular to this day. The song was the first #1 single by an artist who didn’t have a recording contract! Of course, after that tune, she released two back-to-back albums that went gold—1995’s Tails and 1997’s Firecracker—and was nominated for a Grammy Award for the latter.
Loeb become a bonafide television star in 2004 for her culinary misadventures with Dweezil Zappa on the Food Network, chronicled in Dweezil & Lisa, and 2006’s reality TV-music show Number 1 Single on E! Entertainment Television. She’s released nearly 20 music albums throughout her career, most recently 2016’s Feel What U Feel, appeared in a ton of television shows and movies, and has also done voice-over work.
Loeb’s songs have appeared in television and film soundtracks, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Legally Blonde and Twister, and she’s also a prolific children’s music and book author—releasing a bevy of award-winning titles and audio versions—crafting fun, catchy tunes that connect with kids.
Besides her infectious songs, you’ll also recognize Loeb by those signature dark-framed glasses. In fact, those glasses are so synonymous with Lisa Loeb that she has her own line of them.
Classic. Refined. Quirky. Fun. Soulful. Vulnerable. And always real. Lisa Loeb is more than a performer. She’s a singer-songwriter who reminds us Gen-Xers of who we used to be, when the world was a gritty, undefined place. Somewhere along the way, we’ve suddenly discovered we’re now the grownups, alongside Ethan Hawke, Winona Ryder and Ben Stiller. And guess what? We’ve all made it.
Lisa Loeb provided our soundtrack.
Featured Photo: Lisa Loeb rocks YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts in Bay Shore on March 30! (Photo: Lisa Loeb official Facebook profile)