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Winter Concert Preview: Explore LA’s plethora of unique music experiences this season

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By Rahaf Abumansour, Emma Mieszala, Isabella Appell, Yuna Choi, and Sydney Gaw

Jan. 29, 2024 12:38 p.m.

This post was updated Feb. 4 at 8:45 p.m.

Live performances will be igniting stages across Los Angeles this winter.

This season, audiences can escape the blistering season and enter a sultry musical journey. From the return of a pop icon to beloved superhero orchestrations, there is something in store for every concertgoer no matter their taste.

Read on for the Daily Bruin’s concert picks to seek shelter from the winter chills.

[Related: Music preview: Green Day’s political rock and J.Lo’s comeback heat up winter season]

“Hey Jack Tour” (Priscilla Block)

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Priscilla Block stands near a bar. The country singer will be performing at the Troubadour club on Feb. 8. (Courtesy of UMG Nashville)

Priscilla Block is bringing boot-stomping country music to LA’s most famous rock-and-roll venue.

The platinum-selling star will perform at the historic Troubadour club on Feb. 8 as the second stop on her upcoming tour. Her latest single, “Hey Jack,” was released last November and was followed by her six-track EP, “Make That Boy Say ‘Damn I Miss Her,’” released this month. The “Hey Jack” tour will kick off in San Diego and continue throughout North America, including stops in the United Kingdom and Australia. Fellow country singer and Grammy nominee Ryan Larkins will be joining her on stage as the opening act, with tickets being sold at a starting price of around $25.

Block’s performance at the Troubadour comes after a series of impressive achievements for the rising star. Following the success of her 2022 debut album, “Welcome To The Block Party,” Block was nominated for the Academy of Country Music’s “New Female Artist of The Year” award, and her hit single “Just About Over You” has since been RIAA platinum-certified. Block describes her musical style as a blend of the genres that inspire her, with songwriting influences ranging from Taylor Swift to Dolly Parton. With the “Hey Jack” tour, Block said she hopes to introduce her fans to a different, more mature side to her image. Nevertheless, the artist promised that the funny, outgoing personality fans know her for is not going anywhere, and she will undoubtedly still appear in her signature neon construction vest and chunky platform boots.

LA’s country music fans can count on Block and her colorful outfits to light up the Troubadour’s stage as she ushers in a new era of music.

– Emma Mieszala

“The Celebration Tour” (Madonna)

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Promotional art for Madonna’s “The Celebration Tour” is shown. In March, at the Kia Forum, the pop singer will commemorate four decades of her successful career. (Courtesy of Live Nation)

After four decades of hits, Madonna demonstrates to her fans that she will never stop celebrating.

Following the commencement of “The Celebration Tour” in October, Madonna is set to continue the North American leg, with performances scheduled for March 4, 5, 7, 9 and 11 at the Kia Forum. As a commemoration of the last 40 years in pop, Madonna will perform over two dozen hits, including fan favorites “Hung Up” and “Like a Virgin.” Although they are selling rapidly, ticket prices on Vivid Seats start as low as $71.

The two-hour performance not only serves as a testament to self-love but also pays homage to significant historical events like the AIDS epidemic, showcasing Madonna’s deep affiliation with the LGBTQ+ community. Adding to the grandeur, the season eight winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Bob the Drag Queen, will introduce the show, further honoring the importance of identity and drag.

From exuberant colors to iconic outfits spanning Madonna’s eras, the show is not only a celebration of music but also a tribute to the reigning queen of pop.

– Isabella Appell

“The 1st World Tour: ‘Show What I Have’” (IVE)

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IVE poses on stage. The South Korean girl group will arrive at the Kia Forum on March 13 as part of their first world tour. (Courtesy of Columbia Records)

It’s not bad, it’s good – get ready to dive into IVE’s first world tour.

South Korean girl group IVE will make its break onto the international stage with their 24-date tour: “Show What I Have.” It will span cities in North America, Europe, South America, Asia and Australia. Among its set list are fan favorites: “LOVE DIVE,” “I AM” and “After LIKE,” as well as its beloved debut song “ELEVEN.” The US portion of the tour will start on March 13 at LA’s Kia Forum with ticket prices starting around $50.

Formed by the company Starship Entertainment, IVE made its highly anticipated debut in 2021 and blasted the charts with its powerful vocals and choreography. The group’s rapidly growing fan base is a testament to how its music transcends language barriers. The six-member girl group has won multiple major awards and climbed through the ranks to fame, cementing its presence in the dynamic and ever-changing world of K-Pop.

Ultimately, IVE will be showing the world what it has: magnetic stage presence and mesmerizing showmanship.

– Yuna Choi

“Superman in Concert” (Los Angeles Philharmonic)

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Thomas Wilkins smiles in a suit. The Principal Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra will lead the LA Phil Band for their performance of “Superman in Concert.” (Courtesy of LA Phil)

Whether fans wield the strength of Superman or the cunning intellect of Lex Luthor, they should get ready to immerse themselves in this rendition of “Superman in Concert.”

The LA Philharmonic is bringing another movie and live orchestra pairing as Thomas Wilkins, the Principal Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, leads the LA Phil band in performing John Williams’ film score. Richard Donner directed the 1978 classic, featuring Christopher Reeve as the beloved Superman and Gene Hackman as the wicked Lex Luthor. Decades later, fans should mark their calendars for March 15 to transcend into the Superman-verse. Situated in downtown Los Angeles, a mere 20-minute drive from Westwood, ticket prices for the event range from $109 to $240.

Whether immersed in the intense world of Oppenheimer building the atomic bomb or cheering on Spider-Man as he battles the latest villain, the synergy of music and film elevates the cinematic experience. In this iconic underdog story, Superman begins as an orphan from another planet, and he becomes a god-like superhero when he comes to Earth. There is no doubt that adding a live orchestra to this epic story will bring it to a whole new level, sending shivers down the spine.

It’s more than just a concert, it’s a journey into the extraordinary.

– Rahaf Abumansour

[Related: Q&A: Justin Hurwitz discusses musical adaptations for La La Land in Concert]

“The Rick Tour: Another Rick in the Wall” (Ricky Montgomery)

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Ricky Montgomery stares into the camera. The alternative indie pop musician will perform at The Wiltern on March 23. (Courtesy of Haley Appell)

Ricky Montgomery will soon cast his hook into North America.

The alternative indie pop musician will make an appearance at The Wiltern for “The Rick Tour: Another Rick in the Wall” on March 23. The tour’s setlist includes songs from his latest album, “Rick,” such as fan favorites “Eraser” and “This December.” “The Rick Tour” will start in Phoenix, Arizona and alternate between the East Coast and Midwest before making its way west and concluding in California with shows in San Francisco, San Diego and LA. Now available, ticket prices range from $29 to $159.

Known for the authenticity and emotional complexity of his tracks, Montgomery brings a raw vulnerability to his music through catchy melodies with underlying meaningful lyricism. Montgomery is lauded for his indie pop hits featuring energetic vocals that form cohesive narratives about the complexities and simplicities of life. While many may know Montgomery from songs like “Line Without a Hook” and “Mr Loverman,” which gained massive popularity on TikTok, his past tours promise a live performance filled with poignancy and an electrifying stage presence.

For concertgoers looking to experience a sense of nostalgia or rejoice in the beauty of deep experiences, Ricky Montgomery offers the perfect backdrop to hash out a multitude of feelings.

– Sydney Gaw

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