Review – Lykke Li w/ Best Coast and Fools Gold @ The Greek Theatre – Los Angeles,CA – 08/03/11
Aug 5th, 2011
Category: Best Coast, Fool's Gold, Greek Theater, The, Los Angeles, Lykke Li, Written Reviews
Lykke Li w/ Best Coast and Fools Gold @ The Greek Theatre Concert Review
Have you ever seen the movie Get Him to The Greek and wondered how amazing it would be to experience that same vibrant, energetic, unforgettable show? Well, I can finally say I have, however that “He” was a “She” named Lykke Li. I had always wondered where the Greek venue was and how it even looked like. To my bewilderment, this all time classic theatre was hidden amongst the very well known canyon hills of the one and only Griffith Park. As I go deeper into the forest, leaving the busy city life of Los Angeles behind, I approach the Greek venue and entered the front gate with an expectation of the setting being held indoors. To my surprise and awe, I stepped in further to learn that the venue was set in the middle of the forest, with beautiful trees surrounding the theatre and an open overview of the marvelous orange-pinkish glowy sky that later transitioned into a starry night.
The first act was a group of men who started the night off with a warm welcoming shout out saying,”whatsup la” and went on to play some of their feel-good tunes that got people up and dancing. These African and Hawaiian inspired rhythms and melodies belonged to one of the special guests known as Fools Gold. With their variety of musical instruments such as the saxophone, the tambourine, two types of drums, and of course the bass and guitars, they made you want to do nothing but move to their beats. Although I wished I could have heard their groovy track “Surprise Hotel”, they did however play “Nadine” which was just as good.
The following act brought onstage a very different feel compared to Fool’s Gold. This band, which consisted of two women and one man, performed indie love songs with a modern and tamed but still somewhat “grungy feel”. Their performance made me feel like I was once again a teenager in love, as I heard songs such as “I want you”, “When I’m With You”, and “Boyfriend”. As the female lead singer sang about these common feelings of love, I sat there swaying side to side as I reminisced. These emotions and feelings that evoked the crowd were the perfect setup for what was yet to come.
At 9:00pm, the crowd became massive and every seat in the house was occupied. Everyone was dressed in their trendy, urbany, chic, but still casual attire, bringing with them their very own personal look. However, regardless of how you were dressed, or even where your seat was, you had a magnificent view of the stage. You sat, or even stood up, awaiting to see and hear the hopelessly romantic princess, Lykke Li.
As smoke filled the stage, and the lights began to flash, the band comes out, along with Lykke Li, covered in black singing her intro song “Jerome”. As the first song ends, the crowd yells and applauses for more as Lykke Li tells the audience, “I couldn’t even dream this big, but let this night be special” and continues the night on with more of her famous songs such as “I Follow Rivers”, “Dance, Dance, Dance”, and “Little Bit”. As Lykke Li hits the cymbal passionately to the beat of her songs she invited the audience to sing along. I wish Lykke Li would have engaged with the crowd more vocally through conversation, but it was still an awesome way to interact with the crowd.
Towards the end of the night Lykke Li played “Until We Bleed” and “Get Some” that had the crowd jumping around and singing along. Women and even men of various ages got up from their seats to hear her last song “Get Some” while they sang and danced along, as if it were their own personal anthem song. As the song ended, Lykke Li shouted, “Thank you L.A.” the crowd was hyped up, jumping and wanting more of that little Swedish songwriter.
For an encore, Lykke Li came out and played the piano to the Twilight featured song, “Possibility” and “Unrequited Love”, ending and setting the mood in a somewhat sad, but calm and still beautiful lovely feeling.
Overall I was really pleased with the way the Greek Theatre handled the whole night. The press area was a smooth transition, the sound quality was superb, and the way the theatre is built guarantees any fan a beautiful view no matter where he or she is sitting. It was a pleasure to attend and cover this memorable night. The Greek Theatre and all of the artist it hosted lived up to their legendary name. – Stacee Mims
Lykke Li @ The Greek Theatre 08/03/11 Setlist
- I’m Good, I’m Gone
- I Follow Rivers
- Silent My Song
- Dance Dance Dance
- Please Stay
- I Know Places
- Little Bit
- Love Out Of Lust
- Rich Kid Blues/Silent Shout (The Knife cover)
- Until We Bleed (Kleerup cover)
- Youth Knows No Pain
- Get Some
- Unrequited Love