Norah Jones Performs To A Sold-Out Crowd At The Hollywood Bowl
Jones performed songs from a variety of her albums at the sold-out concert, ranging from her traditional blues to more folk songs. She played some of her hit songs, including "Come Away with Me," along with some covers of Tom Waits' songs, easily transitioning from a variety of instruments from an electric guitar to a grand piano.
“I think Norah defies the pop label because her music is timeless in a sense. She has these Americana roots from Texas and all of us can relate to that even if we aren’t American,” said Andy Hay, a longtime LA-resident from the United Kingdom.
Elegant but massive paper cranes hung daintily from the ceiling and the Bowl glowed muted colors and pulsed to the rhythm of Jones’ songs. The decorations were minimal at best and emphasized the raw vocals and talent onstage.
The simplicity complemented Jones’ traditional style--no extravagant flair or style, just Norah and the stage. The bluesy pop folk singer kept the concert intimate, wearing a casual soft pink dress with a smart black trim. She kept her hair free flowing with her signature short bob and wore cowboy boots as she walked along the stage.
During the performance of her hit-song "Don't Know Why", Jones sat alone under a single spotlight at the grand piano and crooned the lyrics with her sultry jazz voice.
“It's just you and me tonight,” she murmured to a crowd of thousands and smiled as her fans whooped and cheered in appreciation.
A light crisp breeze drifted through the open-air stadium and the fan-packed the stands of the Bowl, wine glasses in hand as they enjoyed the music as a welcome respite from the California heat.
“I love how she chose from a variety of different tracks from various records. She hasn’t stuck to one genre and allowed other influences to change her music. The decorations were colorful but still stayed true to the music… I’m a fan through and through,” said Kalia Cheng, a 27-year-old from Hawaii.
Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons opened the sold-out show for Jones. Cory, a 30-year old native of Wisconsin and long-time friend of Jones commented, “This type of show is well above what we’re used to doing. Norah always changes the set list and she keeps getting better with every show on the tour. She comes alive when she performs.”
During her closing performance, Jones sent off a cheering crowd with an upbeat rendition of her hit song “Sunrise” as the bowels of the Bowl glowed a hazy orange under the dim lights.
“You can tell Norah is a student of music because she is constantly evolving. She channels Billie Holliday and her music is full of feelings and emotions that aren’t masked behind a wall of music,” said George Braunstein, a 64-year old former professional in the music industry.
Jones performed in the Hollywood Bowl as part of the LA Philharmonic’s Weekend Spectacular series and according to Shaun Avnet, 26-year-old from Los Angeles, her performance was spot on. He commented, “The experience of the Hollywood Bowl brings out the best in every artist and it’s done the same for Norah.”