Concert Review: Emily King connects with a sold-out Crocodile

The lucky fans who filled up the Crocodile for the sold out Emily King show were in for a special treat.  A couple of sections in the front were setup with chairs for the VIP fans to sit back and enjoy while the rest of the venue remained standing.

The stage was only occupied by a few guitars and a table with a lamp and a vase with flowers in the middle.  It gave you the feeling that King was setting up in your living room, playing to you and your closest friends.  The soulful artist that first made her presence known through her Grammy nominated debut East Side Story, stepped on the floor a little past nine.

Her guitarist sat on a stool next to her while she stood most of the night, either playing guitar or just singing without one. She shared that he was her producer as well and that she was very happy to be touring with just him on this special You and I Tour.  That was exactly the notion we all received standing in the room, that it was just the two of us.

She requested for the lights to be turned down a few times, joking that she was not trying to be displayed in HD while performing.  It was the last night of their West Coast dates and they were headed back home East to play the rest of their shows.

Her voice echoed loudly over the guitar and filled the space with tremor and vibrant colors. The performance felt intimate as she stopped in between songs bantering and sharing personal stories about the songs or her life. Before “Off Center” she noted that it was written after her first batch of dreams didn’t work out and had given up at that point in her life. It was time to move past that and she made more dreams to chase and those brought her here.

She finished her main set with her hit “Sleepwalker,” from her second album The Switch, and by the end everyone was clapping along singing the lyrics with her.  When she came back for her encore she was holding her phone taping the fans for her Instagram story. She played “U & I” solo as her final song and everyone was in awe of her powerful vocals and captivating live charisma. It was a delightful night and King deserves every bit of attention she receives as she completely showcases her musical talent every second of the show.

Sophia Barkalakis

Music is probably the most important part of her life. Sophia is constantly searching for new material, old and new. Always looking forward to the next live show she can attend, ready to immerse herself in the sound. "There is something so magical about attending a live show that you cannot possibly feel from a recording itself that makes it worth going to", she says. She also says she's lucky to be able to combine her passion for music with her obsession of capturing moments. She finds that being able to look at a photograph and be transported to that second of your life is indescribable and she's so grateful for all those great moments.