My friend Ev and I went to see Esperanza Spalding in concert last night! With the combination of good company and great music, I had a wonderful time! This may be the fifth time I’ve seen Esperanza perform in the last four years and she is amazing and inspiring each time. She has such a sincerity, charm, and radiating joy in the way she speaks, sings, and performs that it is difficult not to leave feeling rejuvenated. Although the sounds of Esperanza’s band is undeniably amazing and exciting, my favorite moment was during her encore song where she performed “Precious” with just her voice and the bass. It felt like everyone in the audience was holding their breath…the performance commanded attention in a gentle and arresting way.