Live Review of Joshua Arbour at The Edison in Los Angeles, CA

Material: I have never really been a night owl, however, I recently discovered a place which only opens its doors when the stars turn up and they aren't even half as glittering as its visitors. This place is: The Edison. I have seen my fair share of live music venues, but nothing was quite like my experience walking into this underground warehouse in downtown LA. Witnessing the tassels of beaded dresses twisting and twirling in the smoky jazz club and the sounds of clinks from champagne glasses almost as gold as the saxophones on stage, made me feel like I was caught in a dreamy excerpt of F. Scott Fitzgerald. I think I stepped into the 1920 era of The Great Gatsby.

Performance: Playing the role of Jay Gatsby himself, in my eyes, was Josh Arbour. I have seen him perform a couple of times, he has also booked me for a couple of my favorite shows here in Los Angeles, but I finally found that he was the piece missing to this puzzle that is The Edison.

His husky, growling vocals and energetic, charismatic personality had me fixated on the stage allowing for some serious Muddy Waters or Miles Davis Flashbacks. He seemed to embody a different character with each song he sang keeping us completely awake and wanting more.

Musicianship: What doesn't Josh play? He gave us tastes of him on guitar, saxophone and vocals. He sang a combination of originals as well as cover songs like, "Send Me Off to Bed Forevermore" and "Dream a Little Dream." He was just as dazzling as the various women's outfits coming up to accompany him on stage. His bouncy performance had me back in time and I wasn't sure I wanted to return back to 2018.

Summary:  In a time where Pop and Hip Hop are ruling the charts, if you are in desperate need of some good Old Hollywood Jazz Fashion, Josh Arbour at the Edison would easily satisfy that. 

The sun and I have many more conversations to have, but I love taking trips on the moon and thanks to Joshua Arbour for taking me to space, if only for the night.