2017 has been fairly quiet on the concert front but I finally got to live my best life at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles last week.
Rag’N’Bone Man is a UK based singer who blew the roof completely off of the Fonda Theatre last Thursday. Hi soulful voice captured my complete attention earlier this year and I seem to have discovered him at the perfect time because shortly thereafter he announced a tour; I needed those tickets and purchasing them was the best decision I’ve made this year (I mean, that and my Hamilton tickets).
His albums do not do this man’s voice justice; he feels every word, he allows moments to breathe, his smile is full of gratitude and his band brings all of the energy needed for a perfect experience. Though I will admit that the experience had it’s struggles; people with no regard for personal space and groups that decide to cut in front of everyone to try to get to the front are reasons why all venues should create a Concert Etiquette Top Ten List. However, no amount of annoyance prior to the show was going to ruin this concert; as soon as he stepped on stage all annoyance was forgotten.
This man commands the stage; though I have been known to get distracted at concerts (by conversations in the crowd, a funny thing the bassist is doing, a drunk person acting a fool, etc.) I found it difficult to tear my eyes away from Rag’n’Bone Man. Though his subject matter is often somber, I found a smile permanently plastered across my face, which might be because it’s an extreme relief to feel yourself understood by someone else. Which is what he does with this music, he shares a tiny bit of his being and instantly connects with anyone willing to listen.
The set list was a mix of his entire discography and the concert included a ticket to a powerful emotional rollercoaster. He hit us with “Odetta”, “Guilty”, “Grace”, “Human” and “As You Are”; to name a few. Though, if I’m being honest, the powerhouse song of the night was “Die Easy”. I walked into the Fonda Theatre hoping that he would include “Die Easy” in his setlist but since it’s an acapella song (and seldom do artists perform acapella live because it can be a bit difficult to capture the audience) I was doubtful that he would perform it. The closer we got to the last song, the less hopeful I was feeling but then; there he stood, alone on stage with just a microphone on stage as he slowly sang …
When it comes to bury me
Put a fifth of rum in my hand
Might as well come and take my soul
‘Cause I can’t take it to the promised land
Powerful and worth seeing; that is a Rag’n’Bone Man concert.
Do yourself a favor and immediately look this man up, you need his music in your life.