Since moving to Los Angeles years ago, The Greek Theatre has always been one of my favorite venues. Maybe it’s the proximity to Griffith Park and the green-space surrounding the arena, or the intimacy created by the slope of seats facing the stage that makes performers give their all. Whatever the reason, there is something magical that happens at The Greek. I’ve seen it time and time again with multiple artists.
I remember a usually sullen Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, performing happily for the first time, in my concert going life. Smiling and even bringing his daughter up on stage. Jack White, while with the White Stripes gave the most moving performance of Jolene I’ve ever seen. Just him and his piano. Yet the sound filled the space as if it was an orchestra. I watched Matisyahu dance with reckless abandon (more than normal) across the stage for over an hour without stopping. I watched the first show of the return tour of The Pixies, where the audience knew the lyrics better than Frank, only to see them again a couple years later put on one of their best shows to date. There is just something special about the Greek Theater.
Last night was no different. I love Sylvan Esso. So when I heard they were performing at the Greek Theatre I jumped on the chance to buy tickets months in advance. With the recent fire at Griffith Park, I wasn’t sure the show would actually happen, but our amazing LAFD contained yet another blaze. Sylvan Esso took the stage around 9:15pm. Amelia and Nick have such incredible performance chemistry. The duo filled up the enormous space with their electric pop sound. The layered production makes you forget, over and over again that it’s just the two of them on stage. Nick the man behind the technology, nodding his head along with the beat. While Amelia sings her heart out and dances fire across the stage in a unique and utterly captivating way.
When I first looked down at my watch it was 10:20 and I couldn’t believe they had already been performing for an hour. The time literally flew by, probably because I was dancing my booty off. Glad I wore my trusty Steve Madden high-top wedges, ultimate comfort.
Sylvan Esso played some of their latest hits like: PARAD(w/m)E, Die Young and Just Dancing. Amelia had us all howling like her private pack prior to singing Wolf. She and Nick even got a little misty before playing Jamie’s Song. A choice they say, some long time fans have been asking to hear for a while. They thanked us all for being fans. For giving them the best job ever and “improving their lives immensely.” Their humor and genuine warmth were felt in every song. You can check out the full set list here.
The other trend I’ve noticed at the Greek Theatre is multiple encores. Sylvan Esso played three. It’s like the performers and fans don’t want our special time together to end.
We would like to go on listening to them play forever. Okay not forever, but at least until the last moment before the strict Greek Theatre curfew. I love that Sylvan Esso chose The Greek to kick off their summer tour.
And I love even more that I get to see them again in September at the Life is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas.
Check out Sylvan Esso’s website for full tour dates.
Visit my Instagram page to see videos and photos of their performance.
Greek Theatre Pro Tips
- Stacked parking is a bore. Especially for $20 minimum. Instead arrive early and park South of Vermont near Ambrose. Then take a leisurely walk to the venue. Just be sure to check signs for parking restrictions.
- Nothing satisfies my thirst on a hot summer night quite like a cold beer or chilled white wine. But three sips in to your overpriced concert beverage and it’s warm. Instead order a Modelo tall boy or white wine carafe and ask for cups of ice. This keeps both your cost and temperature down.
- Two words, Truffle Fries!
- Want great seats at a cheaper price? Check out the North Terrace. You have an unobstructed view of the stage, excellent sound quality and easy access to stairs leading to the plaza.
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