Groban Fans Trek Many Miles for Boise Show
The Idaho Statesman
January 23, 2004
By Dana Oland
When Josh Groban took the stage Thursday night, surrounded by a film projection of crashing waves and a rich orchestral sound, it took 17-year-old Christina Watts´ breath away.

And 52-year-old Maggie Boesel was right there with her. That diversity of fan base is at the heart of Groban´s success.

The 22-year-old soft-pop baritone hunk opened the first concert of his “Closer Tour” in Boise before a sold-out house of more than 2,000 at the Velma V. Morrison Center.

Since he was seen at age 17 on the “Ally McBeal” TV show, Groban has become a vocal phenom, drawing in fans — both men and women — of all ages.

At Thursday´s concert, fans such as Watts and Boesel, who are both members of Groban´s fan club, connected over the music.

Boesel made a trek to Boise from Minneapolis for the show, kicking off six straight shows she will attend in different cities.

Watts stayed home from school at Cole Valley Christian the day tickets became available in the fan-club presale to get good seats.

Initially, she ended up disappointed with her seats. She was so heartbroken her sister, Erica Yerbich, 22, sent an e-mail to Groban´s manager, Brian Avnet. Avnet e-mailed back almost immediately to assure her she´d have better seats.

So from row D, Watts watched her idol perform and looked forward to meeting him after the show — another consideration from Avent for the initial inconvenience.

“I can´t believe it! This is so amazing,” she said. “He is so impressive.”

Groban tackled a variety of music, including his hits and some pop-friendly opera backed by large film projections, an excellent five-piece band and a violin section. His hit “You Raise Me Up” featured back-up singing from the Capital High School choir.

His deep baritone was in great form, although his performance was a bit staid. This being his "first full-length show ever,” as he told the audience, Groban is sure to grow into the role of pop star after he clocks some more stage time.

But the fans who came from as far away as Maine were not disappointed Thursday night.

If you´re hoping to see Groban on this tour, try New York. There might be a few tickets left there, but most of the North American dates are sold out.