Monday, May 06, 2013

British Soul Singer Alice Russell at the First Unitarian

Alice Russell show at the First Unitarian Church

Another rare night out as the kids were at their cousins' house, so Maria and I headed down to Koreatown to catch British blue-eyed soul singer Alice Russell perform at a unique venue: the 1927 First Unitarian Church on 8th in Koreatown. The Echo, which promoted the show (sponsored by KCRW and LA Weekly), has a deal with the First Unitarian to hold concerts at the venue, and it turned out to be quite a special place to hold a show.

I first became familiar with Alice Russell's big voice thanks to her collaboration with Quantic, 2012's Look Around the Corner. The track "Here Again" was even one of my favorite tracks of 2012.

Russell performed songs from her past releases as well as her new album, To Dust. The intimate church setting meant that we were pretty close to the stage, even far back in the audience. Some pics:

Alice Russell show at the First Unitarian Church

Alice Russell show at the First Unitarian Church

Alice Russell show at the First Unitarian Church

Alice Russell show at the First Unitarian Church
Among refreshments on sale in the courtyard: Golden Road's Point The Way IPA.

Alice Russell show at the First Unitarian Church

Alice Russell show at the First Unitarian Church

Alice Russell show at the First Unitarian Church
View from the balcony of opening act Shafiq Husayn and The Dove Society performing on stage

Alice Russell show at the First Unitarian Church
Shafiq Husayn and The Dove Society

Alice Russell show at the First Unitarian Church
The First Unitarian Church stage

Alice Russell show at the First Unitarian Church

Alice Russell show at the First Unitarian Church

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