First Aid Kit at The Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA

The Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit’s Palomino Tour makes a stop at The Hollywood Palladium in LA for a sold-out one-night stand.

Sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg of First Aid Kit brought their Palomino Tour to the 83-year-old historic Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. The Swedish country-folk-rock duo performed a set that spanned their entire career, from their early days as teenagers playing coffee shops in Stockholm to their latest album, Palomino

But first up was the folk-rock trio from New Orleans Hurray for the Riff Raff. Led by the band’s frontperson singer-songwriter from The Bronx, New York, Alynda Segarra. Hurray for the Riff Raff played a short warm-up performance that set the vibe for the evening to come. Their very “vibey” style played perfectly to the arriving LA crowd, who were there to see First Aid Kit. 

The First Aid Kit set opened with the title track from Palomino, a rousing country-rock anthem that set the tone for the evening. The sisters then launched into a string of hits from their previous albums, including “The Lion’s Roar,” “Rebel Heart,” and “Emmylou.” Overall the setlist was a mix of old favorites and new songs from Palomino. The sisters played all of their biggest hits, including “Stay Gold,” “Hem of Her Dress”, “Fireworks,” and “A Feeling That Never Came.”

 

Throughout the show, First Aid Kit’s harmonies were as stunning and beautiful as ever. Their voices blended together seamlessly, creating a sound that was both haunting and ethereal. They also had a great stage presence, and they interacted with the crowd throughout the night.

The sisters were backed by a three-piece band (drummer, guitarist, and keyboardist) whose musicianship was impressive. They played with such precision and passion and created a great palette to paint the First Aid Kit songs.

In addition to their own songs, during an acoustic break First Aid Kit also covered a few classics, including a tribute to the late Christine McVie with a beautiful cover of  her song, “Songbird,” and a cover of a song they said was one of their favorites growing up, “Wild Horses II” by Graham Nash, the version recorded with the Flying Burrito Brothers. They also covered Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill.” Their versions of these songs were just as beautiful as their originals and they showed off their range as musicians.

The show ended with a three-song encore, including the fan favorite “Out of My Head.” It was a fitting end to a night that was full of beautiful music and a great performance. 

The sisters’ performance was both intimate and powerful. They connected with the audience on a personal level, and their music brought a sense of hope and joy to the room. Aside from what seemed like an out-of-place moment of choreographed headbanging. It was a truly special night.

First Aid Kit is one of the best live country-folk-rock bands around. There were ecstatic fans of all ages in attendance for the sold-out show. First Aid Kit has a sound that is both timeless and contemporary, If you have the chance to see them live, we highly recommend it.

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