Material: With her sultry, earthy voice, 18-year-old Los Angeles-based pop songstress Madi Wolf delivers a set mostly consisting of covers, which demonstrates a level of vocal control that, at her age, is impressive. Wolf’s cover of Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman,” in particular, showcases her ability to hit lows as well as highs.
Musicianship: Wolf is clearly the centerpiece, her backing band giving strong support. However, there were moments where the alignment of band and singer fell apart a bit, indicating that they haven’t quite perfected their chemistry yet. Wolf, who mostly plays acoustic guitar for her YouTube videos, is a decent player who adds a nice layer to the band’s overall sound.
Performance: This singer has a voice and a look much too big for a bar setting. Though she needs work on her segue banter, Wolf still delivered a great set, her voice soaring in such a way that made it easy to imagine her as the opener for one of the summer’s biggest arena pop acts. (And then taking the arena on her own.) Though there were moments where she and her band fell out of sync, it wasn’t enough to detract from the fact that Madi Wolf is a wonderful, emerging singer who can put on a performance.
Summary: This pop singer may just be 18 years old and at the beginning of her career, but her voice promises great things ahead. With more practice time with her band and more shows under her belt—and the addition of quality original material to her repertoire—there’s no telling how far Wolf can go.
The Players: Madi Wolf, vocals, guitar; Dusty Schaller, drums, synth; Justin Gariano, guitar; Zak Lloyd, keys; Danny Silberstein, bass, synth bass.
Photo by Erik Nelson
Venue: Kibitz Room
City: Los Angeles, CA
Madi Wolf - "Hollywood Blvd"
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