M. Ward’s “A Wasteland Companion” at the Orpheum Theatre

M. Ward with (not so) surprise guest, Zooey Deschanel performing at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, February 7, 2013.

 

The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles played host to M. Ward last week to a very enthusiastic crowd. The show was supposed to happen last October, but was cancelled due to illness. “I was sick as a brick”, he said after coming home from Mexico with a fever. The show featured songs from his last album, A Wasteland Companion as well as 2009′s Hold Time which were well received when crowd favorites like Primitive Girl and For Beginners were played.

“As you can see behind me, it’s a beautiful evening”, Ward said referring to the five windowpane backdrops that projected various outdoor scenes throughout the evening. The mostly seated crowd finally got up to dance a bit when Ward played his Buddy Holly cover of Rave On even moving two couples to swing dance in the aisles which security unfortunately put a stop to. The show reached a deafening peak when Zooey Deschanel came out to sing She & Him‘s You’ve Really Got A Hold on Me and Magic Trick, one of my favorite earlier tunes from Ward. They ended the show with the Rivieras’ version of California Sun which had the whole crowd finally on their feet.

Karen Elson opened with a haunting set of songs from her debut album, The Ghost Who Walks including an incredible version of Donovan‘s Season of the Witch.

M. Ward will be back with Zooey Deschanel with the release of She & Him, Volume 3 on Merge Records on May 9th.  A North American Summer Tour will follow including a date at the famed Hollywood Bowl for KCRW‘s World Festival on Sunday, June 23, 2013.

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