I often feel like deactivating my Facebook account; I rarely go on it and when I do I find myself frustrated by the content on my feed. To weeks ago when I opened it I got into an argument with someone The only times I open the app is to post something on my writer page or to see something someone has tagged me in. However, the other day I happened to scroll through my feed and I noticed that the duo The Sweeplings had posted about their Los Angeles show and immediately I was reminded why I don’t deactivate my Facebook account.
So there I was last night, in the middle of the packed Hotel Cafe, completely ready to be wowed by The Sweeplings for the second time. I had already witnessed their magic live at the same venue a year earlier but now I had a friend with me who had never heard of them and you guys know how much I love introducing new music to my friends.
From the moment they sang their first note until they took their last breath on stage, the audience was absolutely captivated. Whitney, at one point, made a comment about how respectful and quiet the crowd was, but the quiet was completely necessary. It would be a disservice to their art to suddenly have a conversation in the middle of their set; though a couple tried, but my side eye let them know we were not going to be doing during this hour of music.
The set included the classic “Carry Me Home”, which I had told my friend about previously. I said, “the chills sneak up on you halfway through the song” and she nudged me at the end of the song to show me that I was right about the chills. They went through songs from their debut album, “Hold Me”, “On &On” and my favorite “Losing You”. They also sang their covers of “Chains”, which I found out yesterday is originally a Nick Jonas song (I’m not well-versed in current pop music) and their cover of “Cotton Eye Joe”, yes I know is a random choice but trust me, you’ve never heard “Cotton Eye Joe” as magical as when The Sweeplings perform it.
The first time I witnessed live, admittedly the crowd was a bit smaller but this time around with a room full of expectant fans, The Sweeplings looked a bit more confident. Though they kept the talking in-between songs at a minimum, it felt like they had a more comfortable rapport with the crowd.
The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles was their first stop on their West Coast tour and if they are stopping by a city near you, I strongly encourage you to witness the magic live.