A Year of Concerts: 2014

Concerts, Reviews

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Yusuf Islam / Cat Stevens | “Peace Train … Late Again” Tour | Nokia Theatre L.A. Live | 12/14/14 [Concert Review & Photos]

Yusuf Islam / Cat Stevens | “Peace Train … Late Again” Tour | Nokia Theatre L.A. Live | 12/14/14 [Setlist & Video Clips]

Jamestown Revival, Nikki Lane & Pete Molinari | The Troubadour | 11/30/14 [Concert Review]

Jamestown Revival | The Troubadour | 11/30/14 [Photos and Video]

Nikki Lane | The Troubadour | 11/30/14 [Photos and Video]

Pete Molinari | The Troubadour | 11/30/14 [Photos and Video]

Jamestown Revival, Nikki Lane & Pete Molinari | The Troubadour | 11/30/14 [Concert Review]

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Written By: M. Sloves | Photos By: Derrick K. Lee

Prologue:

Sometimes you hear people wax poetic about the abundance of vinyl that surrounded them growing up. How their unconsciously cool parents shaped the future of their musical minds with shelves full of Coltrane, Miles Davis, Dylan, Mozart, The Stones: anything and everything rad from the last century of recorded music. I always shake my head and think, “damn … lucky fucks.”

Nikki Lane | The Troubadour | 11/30/14 [Photos and Video]

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THOUGHTS (Excerpted from M. Sloves’ terrifically written concert review that you can read by CLICKING HERE!):

“Her South Carolina accent makes her sound a helluva lot older than she looks. It’s a little raspy but not in a French/Israeli “I’ve been smoking since I was 8 years old” kinda way. Nikki probably sounded like this straight out of the womb. Lends her a certain gravitas that plays well off the current of thick heavy drumbeats that connect her grittier rock moments to her slower country vibes.

Nikki Lane | KCRW’s “Country In The City” | 8/2/14 [PHOTOS & REVIEW]

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CLICK HERE To Check Out The Blog Entries Of The Other Acts Performing At KCRW’s “Country In the City” Concert Series

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Opening for Wynonna Judd at the third, and final, concert of the County In The City concert series, inspired by The Annenberg Space for Photography’s newest exhibit,Country: Portraits of an American Sound,” was Nikki Lane.

Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, Nikki spent part of life in Los Angeles working in the fashion industry before heading out to New York City. In the city that never sleeps, she went through heartbreak that inspired her to write some music about her emotional roller coaster. Thank god for break-ups, otherwise Nikki would never have been on the stage performing in front of an enthusiastic Los Angeles crowd.

Accompanied to the stage with her band and her mother, Nikki started into her set with a series of songs about her failed marriage. You could tell that the music was her therapy. She gave brief explanations, and regrets, about the first several songs.

“I should have followed the lyrics to the song. Sorry, mom,” she said with a smirk as she look stage left to acknowledge her mother.

Her music was country music for the modern audience. Since relocating to Nashville, her latest album, “All or Nothin'” was produced by The Black Key’s Dan Auerbach, and you can tell that Dan’s musical influence had rubbed off on her. The tunes were as country as county comes, but also had a little something extra from other genres to make a finicky music lover’s ears perk up with interest.

Before parting the stage, she thanked the audience and KCRW for inviting her to perform, acknowledging that this was the largest audience she’s ever played for. She definitely picked up a few fans from her performance, myself included.

I had the good fortune of meeting Nikki as she was selling her goods at the merchandise table. I purchased a couple of her LPs at the concert, and had her sign my copies. If she keeps on making good music, I’m willing to bet that won’t be selling her own merchandise for long.

Nikki Lane – Band Members

  • Nikki Lane: Acoustic Guitar and Lead Vocal
  • Ben Eyestone: Drums
  • Eric Whitman: Bass Guitar
  • Alex Munoz: Electric Guitar
  • Matt Stoessel: Pedal Steel

Set List:

  1. Good Man
  2. I Want My Heart Back
  3. Man Up
  4. You Can’t Talk To Me Like That
  5. Seein’ Double
  6. Faded
  7. 700,000 Red Necks
  8. Gone, Gone, Gone
  9. All or Nothin’
  10. Right Time

CLICK HERE To Check Out The Blog Entries Of The Other Acts Performing At KCRW’s “Country In the City” Concert Series

Free Concert Alert | Nikki Lane & Wynonna and the Big Noise | KCRW’s “Country In The City” Concert Series | 8/2/14 [Preview]

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CLICK HERE To Check Out The Blog Entries Of The Other Acts Performing At KCRW’s “Country In the City” Concert Series

Photo courtesy of KCRW and shot by Jeremiah Garcia

Photo courtesy of KCRW and shot by Jeremiah Garcia

KCRW returns to Century Park in Century City this summer for FREE all-ages outdoor concerts inspired by theAnnenberg Space for Photography’s newest exhibit,Country: Portraits of an American Sound, which will be on display through September 28th, 2014.

You can RSVP for the shows on the KCRW website. CLICK HERE to get redirected to the website.

On Saturday, July 26th, KRCW welcomes “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Clin”, 5 time grammy award winning recording artist Wynonna Judd. To have her grace the stage in Century Park will be a can’t miss treat for all southern California country fans.

Follow Wynonna on Facebook by CLICKING HERE to get redirected to her fan page.

Also performing on the pier, opening for Wynonna, is singer songwriter, Nikki Lane. With her sophomore album “All Or Nothin” produced by The Black Keys’ frontman Dan Auerbach,  her sound is a throwback to the nostalgic sounds of country music. I’ve only had a little sampling of her music, but from what I’ve sampled, it’s a fun romp through country music.

Follow Nikki Lane on Facebook by CLICKING HERE

CLICK HERE To Check Out The Blog Entries Of The Other Acts Performing At KCRW’s “Country In the City” Concert Series

KCRW Presents “Country In The City” | Century Park | Summer 2014

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Photo courtesy of KCRW and shot by Jeremiah Garcia

Photo courtesy of KCRW and shot by Jeremiah Garcia

KCRW returns to Century Park in Century City this summer for FREE all-ages outdoor concerts inspired by theAnnenberg Space for Photography’s newest exhibit,Country: Portraits of an American Sound, which will be on display through September 28th, 2014.

I was approved for a media pass the during the week before first concert in the series, so I wasn’t able to post a preview for the first concert, but I will be posting previews and reviews/photos for the second two concerts of the series.

All of the concerts that are a part of this series are free and open to the public, provided that you RSVP and arrive early enough to gain admittance before the venue reaches capacity.  The doors for the concerts open at 5pm and the line for each show starts at 3pm. I highly recommend getting to the venue early to wait in line, as the lines for the concerts will definitely be long, with the potential to wrap around blocks (note, plural, blocks) in Century City.

You can RSVP for the shows on the KCRW website. CLICK HERE to get redirected to the website.

Below are my blog entries for this concert series:

July 19, 2014

  • Annenberg Space for Photography Exhibit: “Country: Portraits of an American Sound” | Review (Coming Soon)
  • Sturgill Simpson | Photos and Review
  • Gregg Allman | Review

July 26, 2014

August 2, 2014