Posted On 27 Oct 2016
On October 26th, the trio of brothers, AJR joined Ingrid Michaelson on her Hell No Tour at the historic downtown Los Angeles venue, the Ace Theatre. This restored, 1,600-seat movie palace from the 1920s created an ideal performance space for the musicians.
The New York City-based pop band, AJR got the party started with their brand of fun and lively songs.
Made up of brothers Adam, Jack and Ryan Met, the three seemed unstoppable in their energy throughout their roughly 35 minute set. Their wild dancing and fun beats were infectious. They performed songs off their EPs including their very recently released one called “What’s Everybody Thinking.” AJR also played songs from their debut album, “Living Room,” which is named after the fact that they
write, produce, and mix all of their own material in the living room of their
apartment back home. Their radio hits “I’m Ready” and “I’m Not Famous” were particularly enjoyed by the boisterous crowd.
The trio were extremely happy to be there and were so appreciative of the fans and asked everyone to come meet them and hang out at the merchandise table after their set was over.
AJR will be releasing another full-length album in 2017 but until then, they will continue touring with Michaelson until the end of November before heading out on their own headlining tour in the spring.
Ingrid Michaelson has been making music since 2005 when she released her first album, “Slow The Rain.” With 11 years worth of music behind her, it’s easy to see why she performed for about an hour and a half of her own original material. The songwriter also recently released her brand new 7th album this past summer called “It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense” via Cabin 24 Records.
While the 36-year-old entertained the sold-out crowd with her incredibly heartfelt and real songs, she also delighted them with her honest and candid humor. Before many of the songs, she shared tidbits about growing up and how a few songs came to be. There was a ongoing genuine feeling of getting to know her as she performed. She admitted to loving Christmas and the film Home Alone. Ingrid recently observed that the mother in the film just so happens to be the same age that she is now and that made her think about what she has yet to accomplish.
The singer and her five-piece band behind her effortlessly transitioned between louder upbeat songs to slower and thoughtful ones. The singer casually switched from simply singing, to the piano and then to the ukulele. The band played plenty of old favorites including “Be Ok,” “Maybe,” “Girls Chase Boys,” “Corner Of Your Heart”, “You And I” and “Parachute.” Ingrid
also performed many of the songs off her 2014 album, “Lights Out.” The audience enjoyed hearing “Afterlife,” “Time Machine” and “Warpath.”
She sang a sweet cover of Elvis Presley’s hit song “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and jokingly told the audience she wished she could take credit for it. Before performing her 2007 hit, “The Way I Am,” she explained the true interpretation of why the song lyrics include buying her partner Rogaine. She would still love a man without any hair but would go get him some if he wanted it.
It seemed as though Ingrid really loved playing tracks off her brand new record and was very happy to see audience members already singing along to songs from the collection. From that album, they performed “Hell No,” “Celebrate” and “Old Days.”
A surprising part of the show was when a rowdy audience member began dancing in the aisle and Ingrid caught sight of it and got her up on stage to dance with the band and her. This fan was in heaven and even unsuccessfully attempted the maneuver later on in the show!
Towards the end of Ingrid’s set, she asked AJR back on stage to perform a new song they had all written together called “Lotto.”
The show ended with an amazing cover of Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy” sung by Ingrid and everyone in her band taking parts too.
Who knew that incredible musicianship and raw humor could make for the perfect Wednesday night concert?!