Lenka live at the Soda Bar, San Diego
A little girl picks up a guitar at a musical instrument shop and shyly sings the chorus of a song she wrote for her dad. Well, at least thats how it played out to many people enjoying Brad Pitt flick “Moneyball.” It was this little pop song (called ‘The Show’), that allowed Australian pop singer-songwriter to become a popular international hit.
Living in Australia, I nearly lost my mind when I heard the song in the movie and was excited to hear that the movie helped her name reach people back in the states (Well, those living under a rock who hadn’t heard it on a few commercials here and there). And was even more excited to see that Lenka would be touring, starting in San Diego.
Lenka played at the incredibly small and intimate Soda Bar, and her coming through the city was definitely well received because it was nothing short of a full house. Accompanying her, were three additional musician, one on guitar, one on the cello, and another on the violin. I had heard that she really wanted to work with strings backing her up, so it looks like she got her wish. And let me tell you, the sound was beautiful. Maybe its just me, and I am just a sucker for a song with a cello, but there was a fullness in Lenka’s songs that you dont hear anywhere else.
She opened the set with ‘Nothing Here but Love’ straight from her new album. Throughout the set she switched between playing the keyboard set up in front of her, clapping her hands or using a tambourine, and playing a small keytar synthesizer…. thing. Nearing the middle of the set she sang my personal favorite of the night, ‘Go to F*king Sleep,’ which was explicit lullaby for adults, which was the centre theme for her third album, Shadows, which just dropped about a week ago. But everyone was excited to hear ‘The Show’, which wasn’t played until the very end during the encore. Everyone, from women who looked like they barely made the legal drinking age, to an old burly biker guy and it was quite a refreshing sigh to behold.
Her set list included popular songs songs such as ‘Trouble is a Friend’, ‘Don’t Let me Fall,’ and ‘Everything at Once’.
So if Lenka comes along to your city, check her out. Her music is feel good, uplifting and just plain fun.
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