Event Review: St. Vincent Spoon, Mereba at the Hollywood Bowl
First emerging in the music industry as a member of revered indie band Polyphonic Spree, Annie Clark’s career has been nothing short of stellar. Now professionally known as St. Vincent, the Tulsa, Oklahoma-born singer, producer, songwriter, musician and actress is currently on tour nationwide to support the release of her album in 2021. , daddy’s house. The experimental leaning indie rock album showcases his musicality and songwriting abilities.
Currently on a fall tour, on Friday September 24, St. Vincent delivered a triumphant performance at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. Almost all of the seats in the 17,000-seat hall were occupied as the impatient crowd gathered to enjoy the live music again.
The evening started with a short but unforgettable set from the mega talented R&B singer Mereba. She perfectly defined the mood of the night with her relaxing rhythms and ethereal voice. Mereba knew perfectly well how to make the crowd work to make her songs dance, clap and sing. She ended her set with her R&B masterpiece “Black Truck”, the perfect fusion of hypnotic rhythms and soft vocals, which rocked the entire crowd back and forth.
Then the beloved rock band Spoon. The passionately enthralled audience danced, sang and cheered on the group as they performed some of their greatest hits of all time including “Inside Out”, “I Turn My Camera On” and “The Underdog”. Best characterized by his distinct amalgamation of heavily distorted guitars, electronic influences, and melodic keyboards / synths, Spoon took audiences on a hypnotic and upbeat musical journey. Spoon’s energetic and feel-good ensemble was perfectly offset by their fast, blinking lights which gave their performance an almost psychedelic feel.
By the time Spoon finished her set, everyone was ready for the star of the night, St. Vincent herself. Ride the peel tails from the exit of The Nowhere Hostel film and soundtrack just earlier that week, the fascinating performer took center stage. Dressed in a wig, boa, retro-influenced gown and knee-high yellow boats, her performance lent itself to a nostalgic feel. The colorful backdrop of the cityscape also helped draw audiences into its kaleidoscopic and colorful world. Supported by her incredibly talented group of musicians and trio of choir singers, St. Vincent was ready to rock the Hollywood Bowl.
Throughout his hour and lengthy performance, St. Vincent showcased his prodigious musical talent, dynamic showmanship and boisterous personality. She has performed favorites such as “Los Ageless”, “New York” and “Fast Slow Disco”, as well as songs from her album from early 2021. daddy’s house, including the title song itself.
Throughout the evening, St. Vincent showed why she is such a rare and precious gem. Not only is she a very gifted singer and a radiant performer, she is also a versatile guitarist and a gifted comic. Sometimes she really rocked the stage with her rhythm guitarist and bass as they literally clashed on stage. At other times, she would then harmonize with her trio of singers, sometimes while performing short choreographed dance routines.
Overall, St. Vincent’s performance at the Hollywood Bowl was simply fascinating and inspiring. Carrying a very impressive musical body and constantly filling immense concert halls, St. Vincent’s career is on a continuous upward trajectory. She also regularly demonstrates that she is not afraid to take musical risks. All of these factors combined make her one of the most ingenious and versatile artists in popular music today.