Recently, Lenny Kravitz and his “Strut Tour” came to Los Angeles for 1 night only.
I have been a fan of Lenny Kravitz since he first stepped on the music scene in the late 80’s. During my pregnancy, I would play his music for my daughter in my womb. And for the last 16 years we have enjoyed the music of Lenny Kravitz together.
So as soon as Lenny Kravitz announced he would be performing for 1 night in Los Angeles, I knew we had to take immediate action. I was working when the tickets went on sale, on a Friday morning, at 10:00 a.m. I called and woke up my 16 year old daughter Zoe around 9:30 a.m. and put the huge responsibility of purchasing our tickets in her hands. Although she was less than thrilled to have me wake her up, Zoe know’s how big of a fan I am of Lenny Kravitz, and would do anything necessary to ensure our tickets were purchased.
Zoe is a budding musician herself, and has been wanting to see Lenny perform live. Zoe also knew the wrath and consequenses of us not getting tickets would be unbearable lol. I gave her the name of the site, my credit card information, and patiently waited. Honestly… I impatiently waited fearing they might sell out. She did run into a few technical difficulties, but in the end Zoe successfully purchased our tickets. It would be close to 2 months until the actual concert date, but Lenny Kravitz was so worth the wait.
On the evening of the concert, we spent over an hour outside inline, waiting for the doors of The Fonda Theater in Hollywood to open. Once inside, we secured “Our Spot” close to the stage. Then we waited another 2 hours for the show to start. Again, Lenny Kravitz is worth the wait. During the 2 hours inside we just simply watched people turn the time into Happy Hour and get drunk beyond recognition. We also laughed at the fact, that Zoe was the only teenager/kid there. She’s used to it, so she doesn’t mind at all.
Then the lights finally dimmed and Lenny took the stage. I looked at Zoe and she looked like a deer in headlights! Pure disbelief that Lenny Kravitz was standing right before her! In the womb, in the car, in the house, and here is Lenny Kravitz standing right before her. Zoe was singing right along throughout the show, taking pictures, and truly enjoying the moment. He performed “Fly Away”, “My Mama Said”, just to name a few. Lenny came off the stage while performing “Let Love Rule”. That’s when we discovered Bruno Mars was in the audience. Lenny handed Bruno the mic, and Bruno slayed it! Next… Lenny goes up to R&B singer Miguel, hands him the mic, and Miguel did his thing!
Lol I don’t think Zoe could post her pictures fast enough on social media. To see and hear Bruno Mars and Miguel was both an unexpected and pleasant surprise for us all. Lenny’s band and back up singers were amazing as well. He had a horn section consisting of 2 saxophone players and 1 trumpet player. Zoe plays sax, so for her to see them live and up close was priceless. Their solo’s were ridiculous! His bass player was funky and had such a peaceful aura about her. Craig Ross, Lenny’s longtime guitar player, did not disappoint. THEN… Cindy Blackman-Santana was on drums! WHAT! I could not contain my joy!
His back-up singers and piano player were so full of soul and had amazing energy. It was an overall amazing experience to share with my daughter. Lenny Kravitz is a true musician and an amazing artist to see live. Everyone needs to see him perform live at least once before they die.
The next day I asked Zoe how she felt about seeing Lenny live, after listening to his music literally her entire life. She said he was amazing! His band was amazing! She was in awe of Cindy! I honestly think she secretly wanted to be the 4th person in his horn section.
I’ve been exposing Zoe to music and other various art forms her entire life. She decided she wanted to be a musician when she was about 9 and has been going strong ever since. I told her after the Lenny Kravitz concert that I’m not only exposing her to amazing music and musicians, but I am also creating priceless memories that will last a lifetime.