Events // Sofar Sounds at FORT
Generally when you go to see live music, you're in a loud bar, it's late, and the air smells of beer, smoke, and sweat. Your voice goes hoarse. Your legs recall that of a yoga class -- strained calves; heavy head. You want to find a seat, or at least a spot to see from.
It was in the spirit of you, the attentive music lover, that Sofar Sounds was founded. From London to Paris, New York to Los Angeles, Sofar brings intimate shows to a living room, where guests arrive simply to hear live music, sip their BYOB, and sit. You do deserve a seat.
Last Sunday at FORT in downtown LA we hosted a Sofar session featuring four very unique artists, and a little over one hundred fans crammed comfortably into the loft. The Ferocious Few started the show. Guests watched from their spots on blankets, benches, and couches along a wall filled with mis-matched, vintage chairs hanging on display. The loft went from warm to hot, and a bottle of water was tossed just a few feet across the room to Francisco, lead singer of The Ferocious Few. Next up was Bom Bom who belted out soulful sounds sans mic. Their song "Woman" had every girl and guy in the room nodding in agreement. A sense of kinship began to fill the air as we all watched. Sitting so close to such powerful voices and words brought the entire room together.
The Californian took the mic third, and gave us a rare, first hand look at the songwriting process. As he finished his first song, he admitted that it was the first time he had played it for anyone. This is not to say that The Californian was unprepared. He was full of passion, and lyrics set in stone or not, his songs said a lot. The final group to perform was the Eagle Rock Gospel Singers. The group captivated the room with a lively energy that you would expect to find from a gospel church choir on a Sunday. It was the perfect way to end the evening and the weekend, invigorating the crowd with claps and tambourines and outcries.
One of the rules of a Sofar Session is to continue to support the bands you see and like. Photography and video are completely encouraged as they strive to help promote the bands that perform at their sessions. The fact that everyone in the room could hear and see and truly experience the sounds naturally lends itself to an instant infatuation. I'm pretty sure everyone walked way from the evening with a new favorite, or at least, with a new favorite way of seeing music. And for the host, Jacqueline, FORT couldn't have been more picturesque on a Sunday evening. Everybody wins at a Sofar Session.