Lauren Ruth Ward Looks To The Future Following Successful January Residency INTERVIEW+PHOTOS: LAUREN RUTH WARD'S JANUARY 2018 RESIDENCY @ THE ECHO & ECHOPLEX
ECHO PARK, CA- In January, the inimitable Lauren Ruth Ward scheduled a month-long residency at The Echo where every Monday, she and some of her close friends entertained fans who were willing to head out on a school night to rock out with her. The residency was so popular, by its third week, the venue had to move from The Echo to the larger Echoplex to accommodate the masses who wanted to get in to see the rising start perform.
I was able to attend two of the four residency dates. I would have attended all four dates, but life gets in the way sometimes. But anytime you have a chance to see the musical firecracker that is Ms. Lauren Ruth Ward, you’re life will be pure bliss for the time that she’s on stage. Personally- and I’m not just saying this as a concert photographer- but Lauren Ruth Ward’s live act will give you life. She’s got so much energy and spirit on stage, it absolutely impossible to not be drawn into and be part of the energy that she gives off.
Given that I’ve written about Lauren’s live shows on numerous occasions, I decided to reach out to Ms. Wards to ask her a few questions for purposes of this post. She was happy to oblige.
Blurred Culture: Your residency proved to be a huge success, moving from the Echo into the large Echoplex venue for your 3rd and 4th residency performances. Were there any moments that particularly stood out for you as a highlight?
LAUREN RUTH WARD: I was so moved by the bands who played and the community who came out. IT was a very warm bright energy I felt. Esp. on the 15th, the 2nd night, it was soooo packed. I looked around and thought “okay, this is reallllllly cool”. I couldn’t stop hugging and kissing all my friends. I tried to take it in as much as i could!”
Blurred Culture: I loved the way you curated your talent line-up for the shows I attended. I had the chance to catch some bands that absolutely loved that I probably wouldn’t have caught wind of without your introduction. I also loved the fact that you covered a lot of local band’s songs during each of your performances. Can you speak a little about the local artist community that you seem so deeply rooted in?
LAUREN RUTH WARD: “Glad you enjoyed the line ups! That was the most fun, easy part of the residency. There is an abundance of moving music back by talented musicians in LA. I haven’t even began to see/play with them all. I could of booked a whole other residency! Hopefully, one day I’ll have the time and team to pursue my dream of booking/creating a festival. ….The local and “famous” covers – I love my band. They have such great attitudes. They never say no, they practice, they care, they’re talented. I am lucky. All of the covers were so much fun for us to learn!”
Blurred Culture: What are your plans for the rest of the year? I’m already looking forward to your show at The Troubadour … already bought my ticket, so hook a brother up with a photo pass 😉 … Are you looking to do a full national tour? International? Give us a little hint as to what we LRW fanatics have to look forward to.
LAUREN RUTH WARD: THANK YOU for buying a ticket 🙂 I’m sure I could get you a photo pass! We are about to announce an East Coast tour and a West coast tour. International tour is being conceived at the moment! We just partnered up with our US booking agents sister : CODA. I am conversing with the incredible 40+ Euro fan pages we have to help create the best tour route. My whole team is really on it. I feel very lucky for this moment.
And we’re all lucky to have her share those moments with us.
Lauren Ruth Ward’s album, “Well Hell”, is out now, so be sure to pick up, or download, a copy stat.
Please enjoy the photo gallery below (Blurred Culture’s largest!) from the two residency dates I was able to attend, but please be sure to credit Blurred Culture and me when you post any image to your social media accounts.
Derrick K. Lee is a music attorney, blogger, concert photographer and co-owner of Blurred Culture. He goes to a lot of shows and sometimes he writes good. Music is his boo.
All photos are edited with iPhoto. Lightroom edits can be made upon request. For prints and/or approvals for special uses of any photo taken by Derrick, please contact him directly.