The best part of Shannon Curtis’ performance at the Hotel Café this weekend was her laugh. Not to detract anything from the actual performance—her songs were delightfully catchy and her sweet yet strong voice filled the room—but the burst of laughter that would emit from the Marissa Tomei-doppelgänger at the end of each song was just too endearing to go unnoticed. It was as if she were so overwhelmed by the crowd’s enthusiastic applause that the joy she felt bubbled over in the form of a wrinkled nose and that little giggle. She was obviously enjoying herself just as much as the crowd was.

Shannon Curtis

With three EPs worth of love songs and a seemingly limitless number of stories to go along with them, Curtis entertained the crowd with her perfect blend of earnestness and sexy confidence. When she told a story about the unrequited sixth grade crush that inspired “Unfinished Business,” I’m sure there were quite a few members of the audience who would have gladly stepped up to the plate to get the job done. Curtis’ amazing falsetto was showcased on “Before the Sun,” a slower track that was featured on MTV’s The Hills and that can be found on her first EP, “Boomerangs and Seesaws.” Her performance of “Lay Me Down,” a song inspired by the implosion of Wall Street last year, was one of the strongest of the night, and the track is definitely a standout lyrically.

Before playing her last song of the night, the title track from her newest EP, “Why Don’t You Stay,” Curtis told the audience that the best thing they could do for an indie artist was to allow him or her the opportunity to stay in touch with their fans. I would definitely recommend heading over to her website and signing up for the mailing list so you’ll be up-to-date on any shows she plays in the area. Eventually she’s going to get used to being applauded all the time and you want to catch her live show while that laugh is still a feature component.

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