Los Angeles, CA at The Greek, 2015/06/27

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Offline jpar

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Los Angeles, CA at The Greek, 2015/06/27
« on: June 28, 2015, 08:30:31 AM »
I don't have a setlist, but last night's gig (like all of the yMusic shows I've seen so far) left me more excited about Ben's music than I have been in ages.

The night's opener was Venus and the Moon, which for those (like me) who weren't keeping track, is Frally Hynes' group. Lovely, ethereal music which felt right at home in the carved-into-the-hills Greek Theater at twilight.

As for the Ben set, "Phone in a Pool" continues to be a favorite of mine from the new material and they've added some new harmonies since I last saw it live, with Sam getting to show off a little.

Regina Spektor joined Ben and the gang for "You Don't Know Me," which felt a little like getting to see a beloved original broadway cast come back together on a TV special. Except we were there. And it was fantastic.

From the back catalogue, we were treated to a lovely run through of "Mess," and while it's become a standard in the setlist, I don't think anyone could grow tired of this band tearing the roof off "Steven's Last Night in Town." Ben opened the encore with "Evaporated," which seemed to resonate with me more than usual. Must be something about sitting under the California stars and the idea of getting in a car and going...

This being LA, there were several notables in attendance, and nothing proves "they're just like us" like looking to your right and seeing Bob Saget doing the horn part of "Army," or Sarah Silverman and Michael Sheen joining the harmonies of "Not the Same."

One final note, if any of you were on the fence about going to next week's show in Nevada on July 3rd, I'd suggest committing to it.

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Re: Los Angeles, CA at The Greek, 2015/06/27
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2015, 09:12:00 AM »
Thank you for the great review, Justin! Here's the setlist that I posted last night. You really should go to the Nevada show!
http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/ben-folds/2015/greek-theatre-los-angeles-ca-6bc94eee.html

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Re: Los Angeles, CA at The Greek, 2015/06/27
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2015, 05:56:22 PM »
Thank you for the great review, Justin! Here's the setlist that I posted last night. You really should go to the Nevada show!
http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/ben-folds/2015/greek-theatre-los-angeles-ca-6bc94eee.html

I wish! Just doesn't look possible with my L.A. trip wrapping up, family plans that weekend, and the travel distance/cost.

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Re: Los Angeles, CA at The Greek, 2015/06/27
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2015, 06:51:02 PM »
Sounds like a great night! I am mighty jealous of the RegSpekt inclusion, your description of that, Justin, was great. I also 100% agree on Steven's, while now a standard that clarinet solo makes me not care one iota.
mel (1:10:14 AM): love ben folds or burn!