ZZ Ward Sprinkles Her Soulful Stardust At The Troubadour

The Troubadour | Los Angeles, CA | February 27, 2020 | Photos: ZB Images |

It was a Thursday night and Pennsylvania native ZZ Ward made herself comfortable in her adopted hometown of Los Angeles and at one of the city’s most venerated venues: the Troubadour.

Ward’s Stardust Tour is officially underway and if she’s coming to a city near you (check those tour dates, kids), here’s what she has in store for you:

A fair rollicking show where the songstress puts her Pop, R&B, Hip Hop, and Blues-fusion musicality on full display for a good time. Kicking off the night with her single “Sex & Stardust,” Ward looked at ease and in charge as she gave the sold-out Troubadour reasons to dance and sing along throughout the show with song staples “Put The Gun Down,” Til The Casket Drops,” Ride,” and “Move Like U Stole It” as well as when she fleshed out two new songs, “Giant” (a song about finding the confidence “to not put up with shit”) and “Where Did All the Love Go.”

Along with her ability to genre-mash and actually make the mashup work, Ward has a way with vivid, lyrical storytelling via that powerhouse voice of hers and how she uses it.  When things cooled down for an acoustic set, the result was the complete opposite because Ward is a special kind of evocative when grooving to “Charlie Ain’t Home,” the forlorn “Last Love Song” and – with signature Fedora and harmonica in play – her outstanding and full of attitude rendition of the Son House classic, “Grinnin’ In Your Face.”

Ward slipped behind the keyboard to kick off her latest single, the doo-wop and bitter flavored “Break Her Heart” and sealed the show by traveling the stage and taking the audience with her during the closer, “Blues Eyes Blind.”