“But there’s nothing, like doing nothing, with you” and in the crowd of the sold out, 2 and a half thousand people, there really was nothing that could compare to the magic energy of Bruno Major’s show at the Warfield on September 11. Major’s world tour of his newest album Columbo is a celebration of love, but also a letter to the messy existence of the last few years and in the swaying lull of his show, 2.5 thousand strangers became friends under the confetti of a show that can be described as nothing short of magical.
I had no idea what to expect when coming to the show as Major’s work is reminiscent of quieter piano ballads best saved for car rides at 3 am and sad girl playlists for making sense of life. His show however, ended up going way beyond my expectations and was full of energy in his movements around the stage and jazz improv with the entire band.
Bruno Major had a whole band accompanying him as opposed to his more acoustic recordings which allowed the show to expand into new dimensions that I did not know were possible. His rendition of nobody live sent chills throughout the entire crowd and everyone began to sway, an ocean of movement under the disco ball.
The opener, Lindsey Lomis was no exception to this gorgeous jazzy musicianship with her haunting opener filled with new songs and a gorgeous cover of just the two of us which had the entire crowd singing along. Her start with Major had erupted out of a song contest for picking openers and has flourished into an act that I hope to see again. Despite only being herself on stage, her usage of loops and balance of stage banter to upbeat jazz tunes lead to one of the more memorable performances I’ve seen in a while.
Bruno Major’s show was nothing short of spectacular and was able to transform a night that could have faded into memory unremarkable, into one that is sure to endure.
Review and photos by Sophia Risin.