Pizarro: Sheryl Crow brings Santa Clara University boosters to their feet

Most people probably don’t spend the night before their 56th birthday performing for a crowd of more than 2,000 people in formal wear. But Sheryl Crow clearly isn’t most people. The singer rocked a full house Saturday night at San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts as the headliner for Santa Clara University’s 52nd annual Golden Circle Theatre Party.

Backed by a six-piece band, Crow played her fan favorites during the hour-long set — including “Strong Enough,” “Every Day is a Winding Road,” and “All I Wanna Do,” which got the black-tie crowd of more than 2,000 SCU boosters to their feet. Crow was charming and engaging with the audience — “I’m sorely underdressed for this event,” she joked to open the set. She even managed to be a starstruck football fan when she said, “My band is freaking out that Ronnie Lott is here.”

Crow is the latest big name to play at the event, which raises money for Santa Clara University scholarship programs, and has drawn celebrities including Bob Hope, Ethel Merman, Frank Sinatra (twice), Tony Bennett and Train last year. “I’m in very good company,” Crow said.

The crowd serenaded her with “Happy Birthday” during the encore break, Crow and her band did get to have a quieter celebration. The group had birthday lunch Saturday afternoon at Luna Mexican Kitchen, Jo Lerma-Lopez‘s popular restaurant on The Alameda, where she was presented with a birthday treat of Luna’s to-die-for Chocoflan dessert.

DRESS REHEARSAL: Romantic pianist Katya Grineva, who has performed at Carnegie Hall 17 times, flew from New York to San Jose on Friday for several concerts in California this week. But her luggage — including her performance gowns and CDs — didn’t make it to Silicon Valley with her.

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Source:: The Mercury News

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