Jabra Presents: Betty Who @ House of Blues, West Hollywood
6:30 If what goes up must come down maybe what starts off like shit ends fantastically? That certainly was the case last night leading into Betty Who's concert at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. By starting off like shit, I mean my picture with Betty Who during our meet and greet was BLURRY! There is nothing worse than getting all dressed up and starting the night off with a bad picture. I literally had to leave, walk down the street to The Standard and eat a cheeseburger. And fries.
My picture game didn't start strong but hey the night was young. If fact, the evening quickly turned into quite the reunion - a real who's who. (Ok that was bad, sorry.) But seriously, I could have never guessed how many smiles were in store, captured or not. This Fiction, CAA, Hollywood Records, the whole squad was there - including Jabra the sponsor of the tour who took such good care of me. I mean, look at my view.
8:00 Jon Sandler, the frontman of Great Good Fine Ok dances like it is ALL great, good, fine and ok. Although "ok" is a little underwhelming because this band is not. Do you have a tailored gold outfit? No. Do you have light-up mallets for your xylophone? No. Do you know what a five star human diamond is? No. But that's okay. You can turn yourself into a yes by purchasing their music and you'll be on your way. Don't be jealous though, it was pretty remarkable catching bands last night on a 16-city tour, who confessed they had 16 more shows still in them and had no choice but to let it all out in last night's set. Which they did. There's no question about it, I left their set a fan.
9:00 Joywave was a crowd pleaser and a half. The guys looked like they rolled out of bed, but maybe it's because they stayed up all night practicing? Jokes aside, the guys' delivery is otherworldly. Fedex can't even compete. Armed with their effortlessly catchy indie hooks, gritty electronic synth and brooding vocals, Joywave's sound has immense depth and intelligence - the biggest surprise of the night no doubt. Also, when the lead singer shared that he had worked at Staples for six years, and sold Jabra headphones, it was a real moment that said thank you and pointed out someone who is living their success story.
10:00 Betty Who cares? Everyone that knows what's up. The height, the accent, the hair, the smile that's just for you. How can I best describe a Betty Who concert and the dedication of her fans? Probably with her back up singers...the audience. Not to discount her keytar and bass player, because their dynamic is so addictive to both the ear and eye - from their rhythms and onstage whispers to their choreography that was locked and dialed in. But chilling were the moments when Betty Who would drop her mic and the audience was singing every word. On key. Pure tremolo/vibrato. From the diaphragm. The kind of precision that only comes from practice and lots of it.
11:00 Betty Who returned to the stage with an encore performance of "Somebody Loves You." It was at this time the roof of the House of Blues literally blew off and everyone within a ten mile radius was pulled into her vortical flow and disappeared. You know what I mean. Even the full cast of characters from Great Good Fine Ok and Joywave joined on stage for one final and farewell dance party. As I grabbed my phone to snap the image above the clock struck 11:11 so obviously I made a wish. But unfortunately the song eventually ended so maybe the 11:11 theory is just a theory after all.