Last week, Los Angeles concert-goers were invited down memory lane for a true nostalgic treat when the uber elegant Max Raabe & Palast Orchester sauntered into town to play at the Ace Theatre. The stop was part of the artist’s West Coast US tour, following an 18 date successful run at Berlin´s Admiralspalast.
The modern crooner from Germany did not disappoint, performing for an audience comprised mainly of Europeans and the LA retro set. Raabe and his talented band of 12 world class musicians, including violinist Cecilia Crisafulli, the only female musician in the band, and pianist Ian Wekwerth, delighted the packed house with Singing in the Rain, Cheek to Cheek and Dream a Little Dream of Me, all with Raabe’s signature witty introductions.
Guests were transported back to the 1920s and 1930s days of the Weimar era, with Raabe’s recreations of standards and popular songs, including several by German songwriter Kurt Weill and his American counterparts Irving Berlin and Cole Porter. Raabe also performed San Francisco, co-written by Austrian-born Walter Jurmann, whose widow was in attendance.
Looking forward to Raabe and his band’s return, hopefully sooner than later.
Photos Courtesy or Max Raabe & Palast Orchester.