Bonobo and friends hit Los Angeles, CA hard Saturday, May 4th, selling out the historic Fonda Theatre and wowing fans with a steady scene of live production.
Los Angeles natives Kristian Dunn and Tim Fogarty of El Ten Eleven, kicked off the evening promptly at 9:00p.m. energizing the crowd with waves of post-rock enthusiasm. Dunn remained true to his success with his double neck guitar/bass and effects pedal foot-tapping while Fogarty nodded heads in appreciation for his acoustic and electric drumming.
The Fonda was buzzing while Ninja Tune producer, Simon Greene of Bonobo, took the stage. Greene had a wholesome evening planned for all in attendance providing soulful twists and jazzy turns with every note. An ensemble of musicians, from strings to woodwinds, helped bring to life Greene’s organic feel on his third and latest album, The North Borders, which takes the artist’s typically downtempo electronic to a more natural soundscape. Airy, soulful vocals were provided by British singer, Szjerdene, clad in high-heels captivating the audience with her undulating, free-flowing groove. Erykah Badu, was rumored to appear as a guest but to no avail.
The highlight of the evening took place while Greene and the rest of his band were off stage. Drummer Jack Baker broke it down with a drum solo worthy of extended head nods and was soon joined by saxophonist, Mike Lesirge, providing fans with a magical experience of live instrumental shredding.
Bonobo’s tour in the U.S. ended on May 11th at Tipitina’s in New Orleans, LA and commences again, across the pond, on May 18th at The Roadhouse in London, UK.