Last night I attended Kina Grannis’ concert, at the Fonda Theatre. Her spouse, Jesse Epstein (Imaginary Future) served as her opening act. Jesse performed a couple of his songs off of his recent album, “Fire Escape.” He sang his songs with a soulful voice, and lightened the mood in between songs with hearty jokes. His songs were, for the most part tearful and sad, but nonetheless authentic music.
Although Kina had a small hiccup with her audio system, she captivated the audience’s attention from start to finish. She started with her most popular songs off of her “Elements” album, such as “Write it in the Sky” and “The Fire,” and threw a couple of older songs in there as well.
At one point, she invited a couple of fans on stage to sing to her very first song she ever uploaded onto YouTube, “Message From Your Heart.” Her slow and steady vibe gave way to an amazing cover of “Sweater Weather” by the Neighborhood. During one of Kina’s more personal songs, “Oh Father,” she had actually shed some tears, and took moment to gather herself. She had explained that she wrote this song about her grandfather who had recently passed. The audience cheered her on to finish the song, and she definitely sang her heart out. Kina’s band played some upbeat Mario themed music in between breaks, which was a hit with the crowd. Kina answered some Q&A questions as well. It was overall a very enjoyable concert for both many others and myself.
Photo gallery after the break
To get a taste of Kina’s music, here is my recorded video of “Message From Your Heart.”
All photos are by Genesia Ting for the Los Angeles Beat.
You can view larger HD photos here.