Peabo Bryson at the Hollywood Bowl: A Nostalgic Odyssey Thoughts+Photos: Peabo Bryson at The Hollywood Bowl 8/16/23
LOS ANGELES, CA-
“…The Hollywood air was filled not just with notes, but with memories. Peabo Bryson, the romantic balladeer whose voice soundtracked many a stolen moment in our youth, took to the stage, transporting us back to days of mixtapes and youthful yearnings.
From the moment Bryson launched into “Reaching for the Sky”, it was evident that the night would be more than just a musical performance; it was to be a temporal journey. As the dulcet strains of “If Ever You’re in My Arms Again” wafted across the Bowl, one couldn’t help but travel back to teenage evenings, yearning for lost loves and missed chances.
It was “A Whole New World” and “Beauty and the Beast” that truly sent shivers down the spine. For many, including myself, these tracks were the quintessential mixtape gifts to school crushes, emblematic of an age where love was expressed through carefully curated song choices. The collective sigh and the soft hum-along from the audience confirmed that many had boarded Bryson’s magic carpet ride to yesteryears.
“King of Sorrow” and “Ain’t Nobody” ensured that the night wasn’t solely about ballads. They added a groove that had many dancing, blending the wistfulness with vibrant energy.
Peabo Bryson did more than sing that evening. He conjured the past, reminding everyone of the fervour of first loves and the innocent allure of handwritten tracklists. In a world of digital playlists, this night was a heartfelt nod to the tactile intimacy of a mixtape. Cheers, Peabo, for the memories…”