The House of Blues with Kate Voegele
Anxious crowd slowly trickles onto the floor of the legendary House of Blues on the Sunset strip. The demographic seems to be, as i swiveled my head around to people watch, preteen to high school girls. There were a few males in the crowd but they seemed to be either dragged out by their girlfriends or were their with their gal pals. But nonetheless, the crowd seemed on the younger and more estrogen side.
As the first act, Andy Grammer, finished up his swoon inducing set, the crowd eagerly awaited Kate Voegele to come on stage.
The down-to-earth Cleveland native 24 year-old's musical journey started when she first picked up her guitar at the tender age of 15. Since then, she has poured her heart and soul onto paper to create meaningful songs that people can relate to. As Kate has put it, "Why do I keep writing them? Because I need to. To make sense of the world and my daily interactions and experiences."
The talented singer-songwriter started playing shows around the midwest area, after her dad taught her how to play the guitar. Her first big break was when she performed at SXSW in Austen alongside her favorite bands and artists during her senior year. The big lucky break, which came while she was in college, landed her a record deal with Tom from Myspace. She packed up her stuff and left her dorm room for bigger and better things, including a recurring role on One Tree Hill. Her character, Mia, is an inspired singer as well. Kate has performed her own songs as Mia on the show.
Kate Voegele with a blend of confidence and humility comes onto the stage. She smiles blissfully at the crowd and starts playing. The crowd is electrified with the high energy of the song. One of first songs that she performed onstage was "Impatient Girl" off her latest album, Gravity Happens. She noted that she wrote the toe tapping song while living in LA. It was an homage to LA's infamous traffic. The song slowly melted into Kate's rendition of Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks". The melodies stirred the crowd into a frenzy.
After she finished her pop with a good twist of country of "Pumped up Kicks", she gave a little back story to her next song, "Sunshine in my Sky", another one off of her cd. The song was written in dedication to LA and our good old summer. The song truly embodies the Californian summer in all of its fun loving glory. The song after this was her "angry chick song", which was meant for that somebody that "you wanna just yell at", called "99 Times".
Her set was drawing to a close. Everything just slowed down. And it was just her and a keyboard player on stage. She explained that her last song, "Sandcastle", was about healing. It was written to show how music heals her. No matter where she was in her life, music helped her get through it. The song was slow and moving. It really did feel like healing energy was exuding from her to the audience.
Kate Vogele's performance was very much for the pre-teen female crowd. Her pop-country styling is very reminiscent of Taylor Swift's music but in a good way. Overall, it was a great show and I found myself relating to a lot of the emotions in her music. Even so, I would sometimes find myself thinking that Kate hasn't found her unique voice just yet. Her music can sound like a number of other pop with a twist of guitar songs. But she is still young and fairly new to the industry. She still has time to find that voice.
Either way, Kate gave a great performance and she isn't to be missed! For more information on upcoming dates check out her official website: http://www.katevoegele.com/. And check out our review of Natasha Bedingfeld's performance here.