In town Saturday opening for Duncan Sheik at SPACE in Evanston, I sat down with Laura Warshauer in August as she geared up for a performance on the BMI stage at Lollapalooza...
Following performances in Chicago this past summer at Lollapalooza and before that in May opening for Bob Schneider at Double Door, Laura Warshauer is no stranger to Chicago. Having just arrived in town for the festival, Warshauer and I chatted at the Renaissance Hotel with that Double Door show still clearly on her mind. "Right when I walked in for soundcheck that day, I felt that vibe and that energy and that kind of divy rock club. And kind of being a Jersey girl myself, I can relate from the Asbury Park scene... And again, just really had fun with it, had fun with the crowd. I got them on my side. I was able to tell them the news that I’d be performing at Lollapalooza. So I think very quickly, I was able to endear myself to them. Like, "You know what? I love Chicago and I’m coming back here in a few months to play Lolla' and I think that they felt that sense of excitement for me. And it was just this heightened energy." said the singer.
Lucky enough to have performed on Saturday before storms temporarily closed the Grant Park festival, 2012 was actually Laura's third time at the Chicago summer destination festival. "I’ve been twice to Lollapalooza. One year I got the opportunity to perform in the music lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel and another time, it was exciting because I got to connect with The Killers. I had been on Island/Def Jam, signed by L.A. Reid to Island/Def Jam. Coincidentally, Lady Gaga, myself, EL-P and other amazing artists were all signed and dropped by L.A. Reid around the same time."
If failing upward is what it takes to succeed in the music business, Warshauer showed the strength to do just that. Despite being dropped by her major label, she released The Pink Chariot Mixtape in April of 2011. On it, she was joined by E-Street Band member Roy Bittan, tantamount to winning the lottery for any musician and native of the Garden State. "That was amazing. It felt like a right of passage in a way. I got to go to his home studio in Malibu. And right when I showed up and got out of the car, he was like, 'So, you’re a Jersey girl!' And I was like, 'This is so classic and perfect.'" gushed Warshauer.
Certainly a step forward in terms of strength of songwriting, The Pink Chariot Mixtape also marked a step forward for Warshauer as a touring musician. "Pink Chariot Mixtape, for me, was really like, we’ve already touched upon the process that music and building a career in music is. And I think in that way it was really a celebration of that process. It pulled songs and recordings from different places, different producers that I got the chance to work with and I felt like it was very much me and the guitar out in the world at large..."
Duncan Sheik, Alpha Rev, Courrier and Laura Warshauer
Saturday, November, 17, 2012
Evanston, IL 60202
Table and reserved seating are SOLD OUT
General admission is $32
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