Photos by Nick Woodward-Shaw
From Alice Cooper to Stevie Nicks, Phoenix, Arizona is the stomping grounds of many'a rock legends. Being a city with so much musical history, it’s no surprise that LP—a electric musician who blends alternative, indie, and pop rock—would stop at The Van Buren on her 2019 tour.
Before LP hit the stage on March 6, indie duo 76th Street opened the night. Lush melodies and soothing harmonies can be found on the local act’s self-titled, debut EP, which was released last year. 76th Street played favorites like “White Noise,” “Close,” and “Better Days,” from the recent release. Singles “Hurricane,” and “You and I” were also included in the setlist.
Whenever multi-instrumentalist Laura Pergolizzi, who performs under her initials takes a stage, audience members never know exactly what to expect. Her intense, belting vocals can hit shattering soprano notes, all with a well-crafted vibrato. She opened her rousing set with “Dreamcatcher,” off of her new album, Heart to Mouth. “The Power,” “Die For Your Love,” “Girls Go Wild” and more were performed in support of the release.
A fan over paying homage to other greats, LP surprised the Arizona crowd with covers of “Sex on Fire,” by Kings of Leon and “Paint it Black,” by The Rolling Stones. She also dusted off her profoundly penned tracks “Tightrope,” “Other People,” and “No Witness,” from the 2017 album, Lost on You.
Concertgoers at the sold-out Van Buren were treated to a long-awaited encore that saw LP bring her highly streamed hits, “Muddy Waters,” “Into the Wild,” and “Lost on You,” to life as she concluded a stirring night of rock ballads.
From writing songs for Cher and Christina Aguilera to crafting her own gems, LP continues to remind us she's a talent to be reckoned with. Listen to Heart to Mouth and catch her tour now, where she will be making stops all across Russia before hitting European venues.