When you start going to concerts for a living, despite the innate magic that goes along with live music, it starts lose its sheen — especially when you’ve seen an artist multiple times.
On Wednesday (April 18) night at the iconic Los Angeles venue, The Roxy, British singer Jessie Ware was like a breath of fresh for the historic spot. Fans literally traveled from all over the world — one flew from Hawaii and gifted ware with two flower leis — just to see Ware. And it wasn’t just to see someone perform for 90 minutes, because that’s not what Jessie Ware shows are like.
Throughout her set of songs that have spanned her career and off her new album Glasshouse, Ware would break it up with genuine interaction with her audience. She called out familiar faces in the crowd and even ordered the fan from Hawaii a bottle of his favorite drink (tequila) as a thank you for her gift. One of the highlights was when Ware singled out a fan she knew has traveled multiple times to see her. “She saw me in Paris and brought this guy and he looked MISERABLE,” the singer told the rest of the audience. Ware joked that she was better off since he clearly wasn’t a fan of Ware’s music until she found out that the fan at the center of the narrative not only never had a thing with this guy — she was in fact gay. Ware laughed it off, “I’m so sorry for trying to throw a man at you.” And proceeded to run into the crowd and give her a kiss on the cheek.
This is just one of the many examples of how Ware makes every single show unique. On its own, Ware is stellar performer who effortless hits every note with an impressive catalogue. But what sets Ware apart from the rest is her ability to be personable with her everyone in the room, no matter what the capacity. There’s a reason why people just don’t like Jessie Ware, they absolutely adore her. The intimacy that Ware so easily puts on display in her music bleeds through during her live performance. It is infectious as much as it is comforting.
For someone whose job it is to attend concert, a Jessie Ware show is never daunting — it’s a welcomed escape and a reminder why we love live music in the first place.