Four brazen broads and one bold boy blew up the stage last night at Crash Mansion LA in downtown Los Angeles. With the brisk air, clear skies, enthusiastic crowd and overtly friendly staff of Crash Mansion, one almost felt as though he or she had been transported to downtown San Francisco rather than usually musically-jaded heart of Southern California.
The Donnas took notice, and although they climbed onstage almost an hour late, they rocked a set well worth waiting for. Fans eager to hear new title tracks left satiated. And fans in for the long haul were rewarded for their late night excursion with an unusually long performance, including an encore with special guest Steven Perry of Ratt.
For those who've never ventured out to Crash Mansion LA, mid-week is a perfect time to test out the downtown nightspot. Parking was a breeze – at least at 10:30. (Note: The inside space is almost worth the ten dollar parking lot fee, especially considering what a nightmare club parking can be in Los Angeles. )
The sound was impeccable, the space hip without the overtly “too- cool-for-school-and anything-else” vibe usually found at live music shows. Maybe it was the Donnas' fan base, but there wasn’t the usual shoving by the stage, or dirty glares for the girl with the camera inching closer for a good shot or two.
All in all it was everything a rock show should be: a tight performance by a band that has grown stronger through the years, and an unadulterated celebration of music.
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