Last Friday, I had the great privilege of seeing Jenny Lewis at the last stop of her I Heart Cali tour. As usual, the crowd at The Observatory was pretty awful and often drove me nuts, but the show more than made up for it. I expected it to, but even my expectations were blown out of the water. No surprise there; it's Jenny Lewis, man.
Nik Freitas, of the Mystic Valley Band, opened the show with such a short yet sweet set. To be honest, I'd never paid much attention to him outside of the MVB or Jenny's own backing band, but Mr. Freitas can definitely hold his own on stage. I found his voice to be very gentle and captivating. I really enjoyed watching him and wished he'd played a bit longer.
It's hard, seriously hard for me not to love Jenny after every time I see her live. Not that I even try, because it's impossible anyway. To me, she is the epitome of effortlessness. She's badass, gorgeous, talented, and charming all in one. I can't say enough good things about her or her live sets. I've never been disappointed for even a second. I was especially moved by this particular show. And of course, I'm already waiting for the next chance to see her again.
To my delight, she brought along the fantastic Watson Twins, Johnathan Rice, Farmer Dave, and Nik Freitas (this time, on drums) with her on stage. Even they were clearly having a blast.
Now that I think about it, it's been such a fantastic year as far as seeing some of my very favorites live. I already have a list that should keep me musically satisfied for the rest of the year, so I'm looking forward to all of it. I've been spoiled so far, but you definitely won't hear me complaining about it.