Phoebe Bridgers heads home for the holidays to perform at LA’s newly renovated Masonic Lodge

Set in a newly renovated Masonic Lodge, Phoebe Bridgers lived up to all of her rookie album of the year hype and charmed everyone fortunate enough to be in the Lodge Room with her Saturday night. A graduate of Los Angeles County High School of the Performing Arts, Bridger all of 23 years old, felt right at home at the Highland Park show a one off show before going on tour in early 2018.

Not to be outdone Gold Star, the opener, put together a foot tapping Indie-Americana set which put the sold out crowd in a great mood. Overall, their set was upbeat with intimate songs that showcased not only the talent of the leader singer/guitarist Marlon Rabenreither but also all the musicians behind him. Also a local band from LA this was a true hometown show and the love seemed to permeate the room early on.

Anticipation began to build as Bridgers’ band members wandered on stage in black tuxes and red shirts and began to play an intro song. The crowd burst into cheers from the moment Bridgers stepped on stage and she maintained control of the room for the rest of the night. She began with her song Funeral and from the very first notes of the song it was clear that her voice and songs lived up to all of the hype surrounding them in with her debut album Stranger in the Alps.

One of Bridgers’ strongest talents is undoubtedly her songwriting ability and though this comes across on the recorded album, being in the same room as her brought with it another level of emotion and passion in her songs. The themes on the album vary from falling in love, falling out of love, murder and abusive relationships. It takes some true talent to weave all of these different themes into a single performance but she was able to do so fairly effortlessly. An interesting anecdote which came out between songs was that Bridgers’ ex-love song Motion Sickness was written about the musician Ryan Adams who has performed with many different bands as well as a solo career and was influential in producing her first EP Killer which came out in 2015.

The biggest surprise of the night was the guest appearance of Connor Oberst who is probably best known for his work with the band Bright Eyes. He was not scheduled to perform that night but in honor of the hometown show for Bridgers he joined her for their duet of Would You Rather which they sang together on her studio album, as well as one other cover they did together to the audience’s delight.

This didn’t feel like any other concert and it was clear from her attitude and that of everyone on stage that they thought this show was something special. Overall, Bridgers was the center of attention throughout the night with her voice commanding the attention of everyone present. From her first song to an encore in which she put down her guitar and accompanied just by the piano warmed the hearts of everyone there.

Making studio albums is one thing, but putting on an intimate and raw performance for a small room of 500 in your hometown is true talent. This is just the beginning for the 23-year-old one can only imagine what is to come from her future career with a phenomenal voice and a knack for storytelling that can make you cry and smile all in one go.

Gold Star

Gold Star

Gavin Derleth
Gavin currently goes to school in Washington D.C., studying Political Science and Geography. He enjoys coffee, biking, and spending way too much of his time listening to music.

Phoebe Bridgers heads home for the holidays to perform at LA’s newly renovated Masonic Lodge

Set in a newly renovated Masonic Lodge, Phoebe Bridgers lived up to all of her rookie album of the year hype and charmed everyone fortunate enough to be in the Lodge Room with her Saturday night. A graduate of Los Angeles County High School of the Performing Arts, Bridger all of 23 years old, felt right at home at the Highland Park show a one off show before going on tour in early 2018.

Not to be outdone Gold Star, the opener, put together a foot tapping Indie-Americana set which put the sold out crowd in a great mood. Overall, their set was upbeat with intimate songs that showcased not only the talent of the leader singer/guitarist Marlon Rabenreither but also all the musicians behind him. Also a local band from LA this was a true hometown show and the love seemed to permeate the room early on.

Anticipation began to build as Bridgers’ band members wandered on stage in black tuxes and red shirts and began to play an intro song. The crowd burst into cheers from the moment Bridgers stepped on stage and she maintained control of the room for the rest of the night. She began with her song Funeral and from the very first notes of the song it was clear that her voice and songs lived up to all of the hype surrounding them in with her debut album Stranger in the Alps.

One of Bridgers’ strongest talents is undoubtedly her songwriting ability and though this comes across on the recorded album, being in the same room as her brought with it another level of emotion and passion in her songs. The themes on the album vary from falling in love, falling out of love, murder and abusive relationships. It takes some true talent to weave all of these different themes into a single performance but she was able to do so fairly effortlessly. An interesting anecdote which came out between songs was that Bridgers’ ex-love song Motion Sickness was written about the musician Ryan Adams who has performed with many different bands as well as a solo career and was influential in producing her first EP Killer which came out in 2015.

The biggest surprise of the night was the guest appearance of Connor Oberst who is probably best known for his work with the band Bright Eyes. He was not scheduled to perform that night but in honor of the hometown show for Bridgers he joined her for their duet of Would You Rather which they sang together on her studio album, as well as one other cover they did together to the audience’s delight.

This didn’t feel like any other concert and it was clear from her attitude and that of everyone on stage that they thought this show was something special. Overall, Bridgers was the center of attention throughout the night with her voice commanding the attention of everyone present. From her first song to an encore in which she put down her guitar and accompanied just by the piano warmed the hearts of everyone there.

Making studio albums is one thing, but putting on an intimate and raw performance for a small room of 500 in your hometown is true talent. This is just the beginning for the 23-year-old one can only imagine what is to come from her future career with a phenomenal voice and a knack for storytelling that can make you cry and smile all in one go.

Gold Star

Gold Star

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