Lauren Ruth Ward Floods Our Souls With Passion And New Music At First Fridays Looking for More LWR? Be Sure To Check Out Ruth ;)
LOS ANGELES, CA- Ever fantasized about partying it up in a museum like Ben Affleck, Robin Williams and the rest of the cast did at the end of Night At The Museum? Well, The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles can turn your fantasy into a reality with their “First Fridays”, which had its penultimate event earlier this month On May 3, 2019.
The series, which happens once a month, is produced by the Natural History Museum staff and booked by Spaceland Presents (which was recently purchased by Live Nation), gives patrons the opportunity to explore the Museum after house, accompanied by DJ and cocktails and some amazing live performances by stellar bands. This year, The Natural History Museum’s “First Fridays” theme deals with “Forces of Nature”, enlightening guests about California’s unique season and specific natural phenomenon like fire, flood, drought and earthquakes. On this evening, the museum focused on California floods, and brought in two musical acts that would flood our souls with raucus sonics and overflowing emotions: Broncho and Lauren Ruth Ward.
BRONCHO is a Tulsa, OK based band whose punk infused rock has been exciting fans for close to a decade. They released their fourth studio album, Bad Behavior, last year, which has been heralded as an album that really solidified the band’s musical identity. It’s an album that feels and sounds more accessible, both in mood and melody. Dare I say it, it’s actually quite a pop-friendly collection of tracks that can be both fun and dark when it needs to be.
Normally a quartet, BRONCHO played this First Fridays gig as a trio with Ryan Lindsey (vocals/guitar), Nathan Price (drums) and Penny Pitchlynn (bass) gracing the stage. Their guitarist Ben King wasn’t present, but they still rocked the room with a full sound during their performance, and unless you were really concentrating, I doubt that you necessarily would have noticed any missing musical elements.
Ryan exhibited a cool and calm presence under the heavy magenta and orange house lights. His deceptively fragile vocals reverberated against the windowed museum displays and that sonically gave this performance a little something extra in terms of overall emotionality.
The last time I saw Broncho was a few years ago at FYF, and I remember the energy from the crowd being a little more raucous (there were mosh pips) compared to this time around. Maybe it was the museum setting that tempered the rowdiness for this gig, or maybe it’s the overall step away from their original punk leanings, but I would have loved a little bit of elbow nudging from the crowd.
Mosh pips notwithstanding, Broncho’s fans were definitely in the audience. Towards the end of their set, someone from the audience called out the song “Fantasy Boys”. Thought the song wasn’t on their original setlist, they acceded to the request and replaced “Undercover” and “Easy Way Out” in order to give the fans what they wanted. I have a feeling BRONCHO will be giving fans what they want for the foreseeable future.
It’s been about 5 months since the last time I saw my Scorpio Siren rock the stage at the El Rey, so how could I resist the chance to see her do her thang for the first time this year … in a museum no less!
Having seen Lauren Ruth Ward perform live over a dozen times, there’s only a so many ways I can wax poetic about her charisma or her passion or her fierceness. You could say, “Well, hell, you’ve already seen her perform so many times, what’s in it for you?” Shut yo mouth.
When you’re talking about Lauren Ruth Ward, you’re talking about an artist who is consistently creating. Not only is she giving you 100% every time she steps up to the mic, but she’s always giving you something new to feast on, flooding our earholes with more musical goodness and passion for days.
At this performance for First Fridays, Lauren performed a handful of new songs that she’s released since her official debut album, Well, Hell. In addition to her most fan beloved songs (“Sheet Stains”, “Did I Offend You?”, “Blue Collar Sex Kitten”, etc), Lauren performed “new” tracks like “Pullstring” (which seriously pulls every tring on my heart with each listen), “Valhalla” and the yet to be release (but was just released as of May 11th) “Hungry Barber” (which is a seriously rebellious song with tons of sass). There was one new track that I’m not familiar with yet, but on the setlist (which I snagged off the stage), had the titled listed as “Super”.
By the time she wrapped up her set, eager fans were for more as they hung out until the room’s light were raised. Clearly, we wanted more. It was not to be.
Though she has dates coming up performing with Donna Missal in June, her L.A. faithful may have to wait a little longer for her to rock out with a band. That being said, if you weren’t aware of her solo acoustic project “Ruth” yet, you may want to head out to the Love Song Bar on May 24th 😉
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