Last night in a small, albeit very famous, club in Hollywood, Tony Lucca took a wall-to-wall crowd to church. Hotel Cafe is known for being a launching pad for dozens of incredible artists: Katy Perry, Adele, John Mayer, Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles and Damien Rice, to name a few. And in that vein, Tony Lucca lived up to the high standard that has become tradition at this magical venue.
Even as a writer, I struggle with articulating just exactly what makes his show so goosebump-worthy. It’s simply a feeling…the same kind of feeling you get when you listen to your favorite record when you need it the most. Tony’s songwriting is honest, emotional and relatable. And the way he delivers those songs makes you feel honored to even witness it. His bluesy voice hugs the lyrics in such a way that everyone around me kept repeating four letter words in awe.
And not only can he write and sing, he can play like hell. Ripping on his electric guitar, the set was sometimes pure rock ’n’ roll. At others, it was pure singer/songwriter, like when he picked up his acoustic guitar for a couple of songs.
Some of the highlights included popular “Pretty Things,” which inspired a singalong from the crowd, and a song off his newest EP Sessions, Vol.2: Muscle Shoals (out Aug. 5) called “Longing.” But honestly, every song was a highlight, because it’s not very often you get to witness musicianship at this level, particularly in a club this intimate.
Catch Tony on his fall tour and thank me later.
TONY LUCCA TOUR 2016
AUG 20 SAT Musicians Corner Nashville, TNFREE SHOW
SEP 11 SUN Seven Steps Up Spring Lake, MI
SEP 25 SUN Eddie's Attic Decatur, GA
SEP 26 MON Work | Release Norfolk, VA
SEP 27 TUE Jammin Java Vienna, VA
SEP 28 WED World Cafe Live-Upstairs Philadelphia, PA
SEP 30 FRI Highline Ballroom New York, NY
OCT 2 SUN Ross Farm Basking Ridge, NJTICKETS
OCT 3 MON Club Cafe Pittsburgh, PA
OCT 4 TUE Rumba Cafe Columbus, OH
OCT 7 FRI City Winery Chicago, IL
OCT 8 SAT Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN
OCT 9 SUN Cedar Valley House ConcertsCedar Falls, IA
OCT 20 THU House Show Lafayette, CO
NOV 4 FRI THE KESSLER THEATERDallas, TX
NOV 5 SAT Stubb's Jr. Austin, TX
NOV 6 SUN House of Blues: Bronze PeacockHouston, TX
NOV 9 WED The Soiled Dove Underground Denver, CO
NOV 11 FRI The Bartlett Spokane, WA
NOV 12 SAT Aladdin Theater Portland, OR
NOV 13 SUN The Triple Door Seattle, WA
NOV 16 WED The Chapel San Francisco, CA
NOV 17 THU SOhO Restaurant and Music ClubSanta Barbara, CA
NOV 19 SAT Troubadour West Hollywood, CA
NOV 20 SUN Coach House San Juan Capistrano, CA