EXPERIENCE BY KAGAN RICHARDSON
On December 15, I had the honor of attending the Nora En Pure and Lee Foss show at the legendary Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. Personally, I Had only ever been to The Fonda to see rock bands, so I was very excited to see what a show with DJs would be like. The Fonda Theatre first opened in 1926 as the Carter DeHaven Music Box and has hosted many plays, movies, and musicians from The Rolling Stones to Justice. Over the years, it has seen periods of closure and many changes of ownership and name before settling on The Fonda Theatre by Goldenvoice in 2012. The name is in honor of stage and film actor, Henry Fonda. In 2015, LA Weekly named The Fonda the top music venue in Los Angeles, and Friday night's show proved that the title was well earned.
Right when I walked through the doors into the lobby on Friday, it was obvious that the venue was perfect for the music that was waiting for us just inside the inner doors. You feel like you've traveled back in time to a Roaring Twenties era theater with the combination of mood lighting and decor. The older style of the venue and the sounds of today with Nora En Pure and Lee Foss was truly a beautiful combination showing that opposites do attract.
We arrived in time to catch the last half of the opening DJ's set who built up the energy perfectly before handing the decks over to Lee Foss. Chicago native, Lee Foss dove into electronic music after befriending Jamie Jones in Ibiza in the early 2000s. Their friendship and later partnership with Richy Ahmed gave birth to their label, Hot Creations, as well as their band, Hot Natured, with Infinity Ink. Knowing how well respected Lee Foss is in the house music community and his work with his label, I was very excited to see him perform DJ set. He showed the crowd his musical taste by playing tracks such as Hiding by Icarus and Darius Syrossian remix of Claptone's The Music Got Me. He also showcased his original productions from his Electricity EP with MK and his own album, Alchemy. The place went off when he played Drifting, which is one of my personal favorite tunes by Lee Foss. After an hour and a half set of pure good times, Nora En Pure took over.
Nora En Pure first burst into the scene with Come With Me in 2013 and has consistently released quality tunes such as Saltwater and her remix of Jubel by Klingade. Her Conquer Yosemite EP was released earlier in 2017 and showcase her skills as a producer, as well as her love for piano. If you haven't had a listen yet, I highly recommend it. Nora En Pure's groovy house sounds paired perfectly with the vibes Lee Foss set, combined to be a night that not just house music lovers would enjoy, but lovers of music in general. She showcased many of her original productions, but I think the set reached a climax when she played True. The bassline is so groovy and showed the quality of The Fonda's sounds system which is certainly a force to be reckoned with. Friday night was my first time seeing Nora En Pure play, and I don't think it will be the last.
Overall, the show was expertly curated by Goldenvoice and was help in an amazing historic venue. Lee Foss and Nora En Pure proved why they are considered such masters of their craft during their respective sets. If you get a chance to check out a set from either of them, don't miss it. I will definitely be looking into more shows at The Fonda.
Until next time Ambassadors, keep those antlers up.