Lianne La Havas Arrives in North America for Shows in NYC, Montreal, LA; Sold-Out Bowery Ballroom Show Is WNYC Gig Alert
London-based Lianne La Havas has arrived in North America for shows at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC and Belmont in Montreal, plus a free in-store performance at Amoeba Music in LA this week. Tonight's Bowery Ballroom concert has been named WNYC's Gig Alert and is a Critics' Pick at New York magazine, which says La Havas' "smoky ripple of a voice and her way with a guitar are beautiful things to behold, especially alone onstage, where their feathery perfection seems almost miraculous."
London-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Lianne La Havas has arrived in North America, where she will perform songs from her recently released debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough?, for a sold-out crowd at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City tonight, followed by a show at Le Belmont in Montreal on Thursday, and a free in-store performance at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles on Friday. That set will be her first in Los Angeles since her sold-out show at the Bootleg Theatre this past May, where she wowed the 450-capacity crowd that included the likes of Stevie Wonder.
Tonight's concert at the Bowery Ballroom has been named the Gig Alert by New York NPR member station WNYC, which is giving away a free download of the new album's title track today. "Lianne La Havas may be a newcomer, but she sounds like an old soul," says John Schaefer, host of WNYC's Soundcheck. La Havas will perform in WNYC's Soundcheck studio Wednesday afternoon at 2 PM, which will stream live online at soundcheck.wnyc.org.
The Bowery show is also a Critics' Pick at New York magazine, whose Nitsuh Abebe writes that La Havas' "smoky ripple of a voice and her way with a guitar are beautiful things to behold, especially alone onstage, where their feathery perfection seems almost miraculous." Time Out New York, previewing tonight's show, says her songs are "by turns jazzy and R&B-inflected, anchored by her honeyed, soulful voice and deft guitar-playing."
"La Havas’ style is remarkably original and uplifting," says Metro's Eve Hyman. "Songwriting has a through-the-looking-glass sort of poetry that keeps the listener hooked on every syllable so as not to miss a poignant turn of phrase. With lyrics that are both earnest and whip-smart, La Havas effortlessly weaves whimsical with wise. Even her blues sparkle. Dropping in on the artist’s world is a pleasure ... a homespun musical treat."
Following her North American shows, Lianne La Havas returns home to the UK to tour, starting with a special set at The Roundhouse in London, supporting Alicia Keyes, on September 28 as part of the iTunes Festival. La Havas returns to the US at the end of October for a 14-date tour across the country supporting John Legend, starting with an inaugural performance at the new Barclay Center's Cushman & Wakefield Theater in Brooklyn. For additional details, go to nonesuch.com/on-tour.
To pick up a copy of Is Your Love Big Enough?, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders include an instant download of the album and, for a limited time, an exclusive print signed by La Havas.
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