The line to the door of L.A’s Roxy nightclub was a clash of hipsters, college students and R&B fans as they waited in Southern California’s version of a chilly night for Lianne La Havas. Upon huddling each member of the diverse crowd into the front door, eclectic singer/musician Van Hunt greeted the mob’s ears with a stirring opening.
In between a short intermission, the DJ mixed Erykah Badu, SBTRKT and James Brown records for the anxious two stepping fans. Finally the drapes were lifted and Lianne La Havas appeared on stage with a guitar in hand to screams of special requests before she said a word.
As she kicked off her set, the British import looked right at home, gazing into the crowd and singing her personal story that each individual in the building related to. She ran through records from her debut album, ‘Is Your Love Bug Enough,’ confidently luring the women and men with a gentle vocal posture and comforting smile.
For about ten minutes, the crowd applauded nonstop for the buzzing talent before Lianne La vas returned for an encore including a cover of Jill Scott’s “He Loves Me.” She shared the night’s experience with the audience, asking the entire club to pose for photos as she snapped shots on her iPhone.
Lianne La Havas turned L.A. from the film capital to a music state that night.