Canadian singer-songwriter Dallas Green, known as City and Colour, serenaded Los Angeles on a beautiful Thursday night at the more than appropriate Greek Theatre LA, possibly the most romantic music venue you can find in Los Angeles. If you think Green is a good singer based on the times you’ve listened to him with your headphones or loudspeakers, you’d be surprised at how much better he sounds live. Let me put it this way: his voice is the definition of smooth, like butter. Smooth as silk. Smoother than a baby’s ass even. I’m convinced he can do more than decent covers of Sam Smith’s songs.
My romantic milestones from my past were experienced with the tunes of City and Colour playing either on my iPod or in my head. Unsurprisingly, the Griffith Park venue was populated with lovey dovey couples and he more than obliged by performing some of his best and most affecting songs like “Fragile Bird”, “As Much as I Ever Could”, and crowd favorite “The Girl”. He spoke to the audience at a minimum, mostly thanking everyone for being there, but for “Sleeping Sickness”, he shared an adorable story about his mom’s call that day on the subject of sleeping more or his brain could shrink according to recent reports.
The best surprise of the night was the one and only Ben Harper who did a beautiful duet of his song “Another Lonely Day” with Green. When one talks about music that truly affects the heart, it cannot possibly get any better than these two together. Under the stars, on a chilly Los Angeles night, right at the tail of the summer, City and Colour made everyone feel things and it was wonderful.