City brings the party to Hollywood
Photos by Dean Lee
It was a surprising audience that
turned out for the Owl City concert at the Fonda Theater
in Hollywood on a Monday night. It boasted a wide
cross-section of ages, genres and ethnicities, but most
noticible was the younger set in attendance- not just
teens and tweens, but elementary school-aged children, on
a school night no less!
New York singer/songwriter Matthew
Koma opened the show. His musical style was a fair match
to the main event, but his lyrics and between-song banter
focused on sex and drugs, as well as a few swear words-
all too adult for the crowd. Also unfortunate, Koma's
songs fell under the "it's all been done before" category,
which added to the wan response. His tunes are getting
radio airplay, so perhaps he's a better fit elsewhere.
Owl City (Adam Young) offered up an
amazing hour and a half packed with a blend of hits and
lesser-known songs spanning his repertoire. He performed
nearly every tune off of his latest effort, "The Midsummer
Station," in entirety, while the rest of the show was a
mixture of pieces of songs to full works and a couple of
instrumentals. It may sound choppy, but the result was a
smooth, satisfying taste of his catalogue.
Fans sang along and even parents
were nodding their heads to songs like "Deer in the
Headlinghts," "Fireflies," "Speed of Love, "Shooting Star"
and "The Real World."
Owl City typically plays all the
instruments on his albums and, up until the newest, wrote
and produced everything as well. So it's not surprising
his touring band, vocalist/keyboardist Breanne Duren,
guitarists Daniel Jorgensen and Jasper Nephew and drummer
Steve Goold, is top-notch, as it would be hard to hand
your heart to someone less talented. The timing, tone and
attitude was perfect from beginning to end, every note and
nuance intact. The audience's only gripe is it ended far