Review: The Greek Theatre Unwinds to the Soothing Sounds of Ben Howard

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British singer-songwriter Ben Howard delivered a solid set at the Greek last night. (Roddy Bow)

British singer-songwriter Ben Howard delivered a solid set at the Greek last night. (Roddy Bow)

Any concert at the Greek Theatre guarantees a night of enlightened sounds that can cleanse the souls of all music lovers. British singer-songwriter Ben Howard paid a visit to the iconic Greek Theatre for an intimate performance Wednesday evening that included special guest Daughter, who opened the show. With only four stops on his U.S. tour, Howard gave it his all for his fans in the City of Angels.

It was a cool October night, as I entered the Greek Theatre with a calm and collected mindset although I had been waiting for months to see the performances from the two very talented acts. I took my seat and looked around my surroundings to see if the seats of the theater were filled with fans. To my surprise, they were all filled with eager concertgoers like myself.

Daughter entered the stage to cheers from an audience excited to see them perform in front of their eyes, however, and the venue was quiet in respect to how intimate the performances were for the evening. I deeply appreciated the subdued audience because at most concerts you would have an acoustic set with a set of fans hollering next to you without being considerate of those around them. Daughter performed one of my favorite songs “Youth,” causing me to sway back and forth to the sounds. They closed out their set with approving cheers and smiles from the crowd, wanting to hear one more song.

Eager fans waited for the arrival of the much-celebrated British singer Howard. After a brief intermission, the lights of the theater dimmed, and the wind of the October sky blew across the seats. Howard claimed the stage with a live band following his every move.

The atmosphere was as quiet as can be with music connoisseurs getting lost in Howard’s music. His set had minimal talking in between songs; he simply gave his fans what they asked for, a very emotional night of music.

Howard performed songs from his 2014 album, I Forgot Where We Were, such as “End of the Affair,” as well as ones from his 2011 debut, Every Kingdom, like “The Fear.” As he exited the stage, fans asked for an encore from the man himself. Howard obliged with a gesture and performed two last songs before bidding farewell to the Greek.

Unwinding to the calming voice of Ben Howard was just what I needed. I can’t even begin to explain how his performance made all the difference, an example of how music should make you feel. You seem to escape your worries and get lost in some other dimension that carries you away to a problem-free zone. It’s been a year since Howard put out I Forget Where We Were, but I definitely continue to listen to both of his albums whenever I need to remind myself to slow down.

Hillary Villeno is a Contributing Writer for Living Out Loud - LA, covering lifestyle and entertainment. Follow her on Twitter: @HillaryVilleno
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