Bootleg Theater | Los Angeles, CA | September 29, 2017 | Photo Credit: Emery Becker |
Well hell, indeed.
Well, Hell (Ward’s debut full-length album) was officially released on this day as Ward, Eddie Rivera (guitar), Liv Slingerland (bass) and India Pascucci (drums) banged out fan familiar songs like “Blue Collar Sex Kitten,” “Make Love To Myself,” “Do I Offend You?” and “Sheet Stains” (with Ward’s fiancé, LP, providing extra vocals just as she did on the album), album songs “Staff Only” and “Sideways” along with flexing here dynamic vocals all over a pretty tight cover medley (Eddy Grant’s “Electric Avenue” into The Black Crowes “Hard To Handle” into “Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman”). All of this action in front of a perfectly apropos psychedelic kaleidoscopic back drop (courtesy of Liquid Courage Light Show). As spitfire hot and commanding as her performance was, Ward never lost her sense of humble grace and gratitude for all that her adopted Los Angeles home has given her in the form of fans, friends, support and community.
Before Ward’s set, Laura Jean Anderson was in usual fine form, and Vanessa Wheeler put on a damned solid showcase of her new project, VAVA (The Other Side EP due out on 10/26).