It is rare in Los Angeles to stumble across an exceptional live show without visiting the Greek Theatre, Staples Center or the Forum. You know, the type of live show that makes you come to the realization why live music is incomparable as far as entertainment goes. Once Crosby Loggins has finished his first song at the Music Box, he warmed the audience up for a great night. The entire set was outstanding.
This was singer/songwriter Crosby Loggins’ first live show since signing with J ive Records in May. Last Tuesday night, he performed at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles opening for blues rock artist Joe Bonamassa.
The crowd was pretty full for Crosby’s opening act, although, many would say Crosby is too talented to just be someone’s opening act at this point. The story is, however, that Bonamassa and Loggins have a history and they’ve been touring together extensively in the past as well. Must by why Loggins returned for this one-off show.
Sporting a vintage Pink Floyd tee and jeans, Crosby had a handful of brilliant band members backing him: Jesse Siebenberg – on drums and lap steel, Dennis Hamm on keyboards and a very impressive man by the name of Paul Cartwright on violin, mandolin, and backing vocals.
Loggins opened the show with his song “ March On, America” (playing an extended jam version) from his debut album “ We All Go Home” as Crosby Loggins and The Light. The crowd warmed up quickly and soon Loggins was charming the audience into a second song for his set-- a new and passionate song “ Seriously.” Cool and collected while strumming his acoustic guitar, his deeply soulful voice evoked thoughts of artists such as James Taylor and John Mayer, although he definitely is an original act all on his own.
Crosby then went on to tell the crowd about a new inspiration to his music and how someone (he didn’t mention any names) had been teaching him how to sing and write with more soul. He performed his third song “ Breakup” written with the one and only Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds. The soul meshed with Crosby’s rich vocals flawlessly and it really seemed like Loggins was in his element. He should definitely explore into more soulful music—the new song was phenomenal. Up next, he performed another new song called “ Time to Move.” Just as brilliant as the others, this song, like many of Loggins’ others, was the kind of song that would stand the test of time. Not giving into any trends, and simply using his skills as a skilled musician, Crosby has written new material that fans can cherish into the years. The closing song was a solid cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “ World Turning.”
Crosby seemed comfortable with his new material and once his set ended, by the looks of the faces in the crowd—the show ended far too soon, leaving people wanting more. Unfortunately, audiences may need to wait a bit to see him again. Next up, Crosby is headed back to the studio to write and record music for his upcoming debut release on Jive Records. From the looks of it after hearing the new material, Crosby’s been doing a tremendous job.
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