Josh Groban Brings ‘Harmony’ to LA Greek Theater

Josh Groban to perform at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles on August 2, 2022

THE ANGELS – Josh Groban made a triumphant homecoming on the last night of his Harmony Tour at the Greek Theater on Tuesday. The multi-platinum superstar had a great voice while playing an eclectic mix of Broadway songs, pop hits and his own songbook.

Groban said he had many relatives and friends in the audience and greeted his parents from the stage and thanked them for having a piano in their house growing up because “it was such good therapy!” He also pointed out his high school choir teacher, and as he stood clapping, Groban said this teacher had changed his life by recognizing his talent and plucking him off the back of the choir.

Josh Groban kicked off the show with covers of Frank Sinatra’s “The World We Knew” and Sting’s “The Shape of My Heart”. When introducing Robbie Williams’ Angels, he said he received four dozen white roses from Williams (or probably an assistant) as a thank you for covering his song.

Josh Groban

Josh Groban performs at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles on August 2, 2022.

Groban kept a steady stream of banter between songs that was funny and surprisingly shy and self-deprecating for a man who was once the #1 bestselling artist in the United States. In addition to more sedate song choices like Kenny Loggins’ “Celebrate Me Home,” he also showed an adventurous side with a cover of The Magnetic Fields’ “The Book of Love.” His picks showed his deep, distinctive voice, which sounded warm and rich with every song.

Groban is known for his covers, and rightly so, but his original songs “February Song” and “Granted” stood out for their genuine candor. Groban played piano on these songs and was accompanied all night by a band (guitar, bass, keyboard, drums and percussion) and a string section. Groban introduced all the band members by name, but especially thanked his guitarist and musical director, Tariqh Akoni, who showed his effortless versatility throughout the evening, playing both electric solos and intricate Spanish guitar melodies on acoustic guitar.

Groban is a generous artist who shared the stage with several guests. Violinist singer Lucia Micarelli, who has appeared with him on previous tours, came out to perform a violin solo and a duet on Ennio Morricone’s “Cinema Paradiso (Se).” This duet was followed by another, a stunning cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now”, before Micarelli left the stage. He also duetted with opener singer-songwriter Eleri Ward on Stephen Sondheim’s “Not While I’m Around”, from the musical “Sweeney Todd”.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles on August 2, 2022.

Local choir Coastal Voices joined the headliner for a phenomenal version of “The Fullest,” with a rousing arrangement that Groban noted was done by Kirk Franklin. He closed the set with the 2003 hit ‘You Raise Me Up’ before returning for an encore and singing ‘The Impossible Dream’ from ‘Man of La Mancha’.

“Thank you, Los Angeles, I love you!” Groban shouted, and judging by the cheers, the feeling was mutual.

singer-songwriter Eleri Ward and Preservation Hall Jazz Band preceded Groban. Ward sang Broadway standards and Preservation Hall Jazz Band played his rousing signature mix of New Orleans brass, blues and jazz.

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