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Thomas Hampton Reviews KRISTEN TOEDTMAN & FRIENDS

Image courtesy of Roxy Maronyan, #LAmusic, $10, Chris Lovejoy, Dylan Cooper, Events, Hollywood, Jon McBride, Katie Cole, Kristen Toedtman, Live Music, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Love, Mike Freas, Music, Phil Krohnengold, Redemption, Ross Garren, Singing, Tuzy Ellis, Hotel CafeImage courtesy of Roxy Maronyan

Kristen Toedtman, backed by a solid, evenly tempered and talented band, ran through a set of mostly original works at the Hotel Cafe. The group was totally revved up and raring to go by their third number, a rendition of Nina Simone’s cover of the Randy Newman tune BALTIMORE. The band leaned heavily on a slightly invisible electric organ in their reggae tinged jolt to the system.

She certainly knows how to revitalize older works that fit her style, but where Toedtman really shines is in the active interpretation of her own material. Listening to live music played by talented folk makes it easy to be carried away into another world, but it is hands down the ‘acting’ of her stories that makes each Kristen Toedtman performance a winner. Each song is something special, usually a snapshot of someone in dire need of romantic resolution. These performances are well cut jewels crafted out of a raw stone, that Toedtman finesses into shiny, perfectly sparkling baubles for her audience.

Haunted and hurting was the theme inherent in most of her tunes, with the protagonist stuck on an old love, pining for a new one, or raking through the ashes of a burned out relationship. HEAL MY WOUNDS brings all of these themes together, admitting, “This is one pain I’ll endure ’cause I’m not all that sure that I want to be cured!” and wrapped itself up in a moving, giddy euphoria of major chords belying the powerful sorrow oozing out from beneath the surface.

Successfully pulling off a feat too often ignored in local live performance, Toedtman filled out the sound of her stories in two ways. First, a well orchestrated band that at times played as a unified force of sound; but more shocking and importantly, the guest appearance of six members of the LA Master Chorale. The swooning fullness of vocal power in the last two songs of the set, the aforementioned HEAL MY WOUNDS and HERE TO YOU (a simple, semi-holy, gospel tinged wish for reunion) was a welcome reminder of the moving power of the human voice, multiplied and harmonized.

This review is of the June 14, 2012 performance at The Hotel Cafe.

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $10.00

Tickets ONLY on sale at the door.
Thematic content includes: Redemption, Love, Singing, Live Music

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 06/14/2012 to 06/14/2012
Thursdays: 11pm

Hotel Cafe: MAP

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ADDITIONAL INFO

Hotel Cafe
1623 1/2 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
90028

OR BY PHONE
BUY TIX AT THE DOOR

ADDITIONAL INFO

Hotel Cafe
1623 1/2 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
90028

OR BY PHONE
BUY TIX AT THE DOOR
Hotel Cafe: MAP

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