Jerry Montoya

LP’s Drive-In Matinee show

hosted by 88.5 FM Southern California & Subaru 

The music industry has been in a drought nearly all of 2020, so it’s refreshing to see singer/songwriter Laura Pergolizzi’s creative ways of sharing her music with concert-goers. Better known to her fans across the globe as LP, this extraordinarily talented artist had an entire tour booked for 2020 which had to be rescheduled for 2021 due to this insane pandemic that is altering our social culture. This summer LP brought her fans together for an incredibly unique concert experience live on the internet; she performed a repertoire of classics, including her new song “How To Be The One That You Love.” 

Saturday, Nov 14, LP performed two live Drive-In concerts at the Grove of Anaheim, CA. The weather was perfect, with the sunshine radiating a little more heavenly that day. It was a pure pleasure to be back at a live concert in the audience, though this was only a shadow of the power and excitement of what a live show had been before C-19. I can attest that all who were fortunate enough to be in the 300 vehicles at this performance were ecstatic and enjoying this show. There was also a multitude of viewers tuned in through the internet.  

At 12:30 the gates opened and we entered in our cars. The staff was incredibly accommodating, and they brought refreshments and souvenirs via an app on your phone to our 150 square feet of space. Lemonade was on the menu, but even in the warm California sun, I couldn’t resist a hot cup of Abuelitas with whipped cream on top. Although we were all socially distanced and masked up, it was so nice to see people once again gathering and not just the same faces we’re used to seeing inside our homes.

Nick Leng opened the show at 2:00 PM sharp and was a delightful opener. You could feel how grounded Leng was, and how this was reciprocated by the appreciative crowd towards his performance. 

The witching hour was soon to begin – and then it happened: LP set the stage on fire the moment she stepped out in her brown suede boots and launched into the opening song of her set “When We’re High.” The queen of ukulele, harmonica, guitar, and voice lead her band of fluid and tight musicians with grace and finesse while she worked her magic through a setlist of tracks that embodied her work. Her signature whistle is powerful and is as strong as her stage presence. LP performed an hour and a 1/2 of material including “Tightrope,” “Muddy Waters,” and “Lost On You,” a song that has topped the charts in well over a dozen countries. She unleashed her new single that officially comes out on November 19th, “How Low Can You Go” and it was fresh yet consistent with her past styling. 

LP at Observatory, Santa Ana 2019

This was as close to a love fest anyone could wish for these days as the audience. A much different experience from last year when she kicked off the first night of her sold-out North American ‘Heart to Mouth’ tour at the Observatory in Santa Ana, with her fiancé Lauren Ruth Ward as opening artist. It was so very cool to see LP onstage again, bringing down the “Lot” no less. Countless phenomenal concerts I have seen in my years, and this one stood up there among the best. Music is healing and puts us all back together. 

 

Jerry Montoya and LP backstage at the drive-in Nov 14, 2020, Anaheim, CA

During the evening show Jerry Montoya, a most versatile and gifted artist in West L.A. managed to get some photographs and video of LP. He recorded a video of himself and LP speaking French for his cousin who is also a huge LP fan. “The show was my first concert since November of last year when I saw Bauhaus at the Hollywood Palladium,” he said. “I’ve been listening to LP for 4 years now. My introduction was the song ‘Lost On You,’ which my wife recommended to me, and since then I’ve been hooked.” 

A big thanks to LP for making this performance a wonderful experience for myself, my son, and our friend. The final cherry on top of this incredible show was an autographed album, and a commitment by us all to be at her next concert. 

Article by Maggie St.Thomas/ Photographs by Jerry Montoya, Maggie St.Thomas