Lauren has always been effective in her uptempo numbers but Friday night her ballads and slow blues also packed an emotional wallop. It fun to see a singer and a band growing in confidence and charisma.
Lauren manages a pretty neat trick as a performer. She can deliver a fully sensual version of “I Just Want To Make Love To You,” complete with some gyrations and leg kicks on top of the Hammond B3 – then go right into a gospel number without giving her audience whiplash. The guys love the form fitting leather pants and the women are drawn to her “Just one of the girls” personality.
The result was a sold-out side door show last Friday. Palladium favorites, Liz Pennock and Dr. Blues opened the show and joined Lauren’s band on-stage for a show closing version of “Down Home Blues.”
She’ll be back at the Side Door in June. Until then, check out this YouTube video of her closing song Friday night: