Here's the first of two guest reviews by my lovely sister Victoria in LA:
This was my first experience at the Ford Ampitheater in Los Angeles and I have to say it was a great way to start! The venue is intimate, beautiful, with amazing sound. There was no opening act so we don’t have to waste anytime talking about that.
The stage was set with a piano, a guitar and some sort of harp thing. Cat Power came out on stage almost without any sound – so quiet in fact that I wasn’t sure it was her at first. She could have been a roady. I think the best way to describe her is “quirky” – sober but definitely still quirky. She began crooning in that amazing voice of hers, quickly changing songs as she began to get bored with them. Seriously, I don’t think she finished any of the first five songs, but it sounded amazing. I felt almost mesmerized by her, though I continued to drink wine throughout this, so you’ll have to pardon me if my memory gets a bit foggy.
The highlight for me was “I Don't Blame You” as this is my favorite tune of hers and a cover of the “House of the Rising Sun”. She would have moments of dancing around the stage and some fake smoking caused the security to rush toward the stage. Ahhhh a show outdoors in
So in short: Amazing show, Cat Power proved that she is great - Being sober has not made her lose any of her charm and melodic vocals – it probably just saved the audience from any bruises.
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