LA’s Greek Theatre proved to be a perfect outdoor venue for the Grammy-winning musician, Norah Jones and her very talented show-opener, Valerie June. On October 25th, the two performers entertained a sold-out crowd at the 5,870-seat music venue located at Griffith Park.
June began her set alone on stage and filled the space with her blend of Country/Blues Grass meets West-African sound. Then she was joined by a full band for the remainder of her set.
For roughly 45 minutes, the 34-year-old Memphis-based multi-instrumentalist played songs off her forthcoming album, “The Order Of Time.” (This collection will be out on January 27th via Concord Music Group)
Her single, “Astral Plane” currently out now was a crowd favorite. Between each song, she effortlessly moved from the banjo, to the guitar and then to the acoustic guitar. She proved to be well-versed in all three.
The singer’s animated facial expressions and eccentric hair were hard to look away from and made for quite an entertaining show and a perfect warm-up to Norah Jones.
Earlier this month, Norah Jones released her sixth studio album called “Day Breaks” via Blue Note Records. So it’s no wonder that she decided to head out on a tour this fall to support this very piano-driven collection.
Norah performed a variety of songs off this newest album and others from “Come Away With Me,” “Not Too Late,” and “Little Broken Hearts.” The audience was particularly excited to hear her belt out the classic hits like “Come Away With Me,” “Creepin In”, the Puss And Boots cover “Don’t Know What It Means,” and “Don’t Know Why.”
The Brooklyn native’s voice was sweeping and strong and in fact, has only gotten more beautiful over the years. When she wasn’t dazzling the crowd with her smooth as melted butter voice, she impressed them with her intricate piano playing.
Her casual and informal banter with the audience created a truly relaxing environment and only seemed to grow her appeal. She remarked several times how much she loved the venue and was so happy to be playing there and appreciate of the fans for coming out. At times, the venue was made up of incredibly seductive and haunting jazzy sounds and then moments later, Norah filled it with fun and bouncy folky tunes.
A big highlight of the show was when Jones performed her song “My Dear Country.” Despite being about another prior U.S. election, the track just so happens to accurately fit this years political drama. It goes to show that Jones has been demonstrating activism in her music for quite some time.
“Cause we believed in our candidate/but even more it’s the one we hate/I needed someone I could shake/on election day./But the day after is darker/and deeper and deeper we go/who knows, maybe it’s all a dream/who knows if I’ll wake up and scream.”
With 9 albums and more than 20 years of experience between these two songstresses, it’s clear just why they sold out the Greek Theatre on a weeknight. Together with their unlimited talents and charismatic charm, there’s no stopping Valerie June and Norah Jones!