Jenny Lewis At The Agora
September 19th, 2019
Indie songstress and former child actress Jenny Lewis played to a completely sold-out, packed-to-the-rafters crowd at the world famous Agora Theater and Ballroom Tuesday night. Offering a twenty tune set, the Las Vegas native and former Rilo Kiley vocalist took to the stage in a glittery, gold-sequined dress and a hairdo resembling Nancy Sinatra at the peak of her powers in the mid-1960s.
Sitting behind a keyboard for the first two tunes, she played "Heads Gonna Roll" and "Wasted Youth" from her fourth studio record On The Line, which dropped earlier this year. Making her way to the front of the stage after the second tune, she segued into "The Big Guns," a rendition of her tune with The Watson Twins, who joined her onstage to perform.
Throughout the evening, she cycled between a good portion of her most recent record's tunes and a smattering of her material from both her Rilo Kiley era and time spent recording with The Watson Twins.
The crowd, a mixture of middle-aged music fans and younger post-millennials, knew Lewis' music intimately; they sang along through most of the almost-two hour set, equally adoring Lewis' solo stuff and her Rilo Kiley-era output.
Finishing her pre-encore sixteen tune set with "Rabbit Hole," Lewis was joined onstage by a man in a large pink bunny suit. At the end of the song, he whisked her offstage in his large pink, furry arms. I have to say, I've never seen an exit so exquisitely choreographed in my lengthy tenure covering shows.
Lewis and company returned for a four song closer, including "I Never" and "Silver Lining," two RK ditties.
Openers The Watson Twins, a pair of identical siblings, got the festivities roaring by offering their Americana/Country/Alt musings for a forty-five minute set. Their exquisite harmonies were a good way to warm up the late summer crowd prior to Ms. Lewis offering her fans a great night of music.
Photos and Review by Brian M. Lumley