Xavier Rudd woos Los Angeles
Photos by Dean Lee
I'll admit I wasn't quite sure what
kind of crowd to expect when I caught Xavier Rudd's
concert at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. First off it
was a Monday night and secondly even to my most
music-smart friends his name was pretty much unknown.
Well, for those who haven't heard of the Australian
multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter you are missing
out on one of the most talented artists around. And
obviously I am not the only one who thinks this, as the
house was almost packed by the time Rudd took the stage.
The audience was a mix of surfers,
reggae fans, rockers and everything else. Some of them
sang along, many voiced their enthusiasm at various points
with yells and almost everyone moved to the beats.
Rudd's setup consisted of a full
drum kit graced with two didgeridoos on a stand that
angled from the floor across the bass drum and a chair on
the other side of the stage with a guitar close at hand.
He began his set playing drums and didgeridoo, adding in
vocals as they came up during the tunes. He worked the
instruments with grace and formidable musicianship, which
was nothing short of amazing. Later, he moved to the chair
for guitar, slide guitar, harmonica and more, including
didgeridoo. Here, he kept the beat with a pedal-- as if he
wasn't busy enough.
Rudd performed some cuts off of his
latest album, "Spirit Bird," as well as other fan faves
from his repertoire, ending his set on the front edge of
the stage with an acapella composition intoning world
peace and love for the environment.
I spoke with my photographer, Dean
Lee, after the concert and we agreed that no matter your
musical taste, Rudd is one artist who is well worth seeing
live. You will come away awed and inspired and, perhaps, a