My family loves music. We often play music while cooking or doing chores. We share new music with each other and as well as our no-holds-barred honest opinions.
Music has played a large role as the soundtrack to my life: Singing “Them There Eyes” to JJ when he was a baby. Dancing like crazy with Jeff to Outkast’s Bombs Over Baghdad (B.O.B.) in high school. Family road trips singing Journey/Coldplay/Beyonce medleys. Jeff telling me that the lyrics to Michael Jackson’s Human Nature do not in fact say: “telepath is human nature.” Some of my favorite memories play in my head with a musical accompaniment.
Enter Los Angeles into my life. Its abundant concerts and diverse music scene never ceases to amaze me. My friend Kaci posts an Instagram post about new music she is listening to every now and then. One week she posted the new Shakey Graves album. And it was love at first stream!
I told her that I would love to see one of his shows and to let me know if she heard he was coming to L.A. And the same day, she confirmed that he was playing in a few weeks at the El Rey. Oh, L.A.! How you spoil me!
Alejandro Rose-Garcia (aka Shakey Graves) is a great performer and, man, can he play the guitar! If you get a chance to hear him live, DO it! Rayland Baxter and Esme Patterson opened for him and their music is bluegrass-y. Their voices are really just lovely.
Kaci is the same friend who told me that Kimbra was playing at the Roxy. That girl can siiiing! We got a group of friends together and enjoyed a show that exhausted me because it was so energetic…in a good way.
I also highly recommend seeing Kimbra live. She is such a happy and high energy performer. Joy is contagious when you watch someone do something they obviously love.
Earlier this year, Jeff and went to a Coldplay show (our 7th time seeing them live!) for our wedding anniversary. Our family saw the Kool & the Gang + Gladys Knight show at the Hollywood Bowl. Gladys Knight has a gorgeous voice! That was one of my favorite shows of the year! It was family-friendly and fun. Definitely a highlight!
We also saw the L.A. Philharmonic play Leonard Bernstein & George Gershwin’s compositions. It was the first time I heard Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in it’s entirety. What a beautiful work of music! This year, Jeff and JJ went to their first concert together to hear Foster the People. JJ loves that band and it’s nice to see him develop his own musical taste.
Oh, L.A. … you share the best music with me. I’m looking forward to another year of great live music in 2015! What shows are a “must-see” for you in 2015?