Jun 7, 2016
Haley Reinhart gets El Rey on their feet while Jacob Luttrell gets down on one knee
El Rey theatre in Los Angeles was quite the scene on Monday night when Haley Reinhart and her band turned the venue into a swanky jazz lounge. Reinhart was the headliner for the night, and she did her job well, but her two opening acts did there best to steal the show. The night started with Jordie Lane and Clare Reynolds doing what they do best, getting the crowd excited and jamming out great indie folk tunes. Lane recently returned stateside a couple months ago after spending nearly two years touring the world, including stops in the U.S, UK, New Zealand, and his home country of Australia. Lane is currently promoting his new single "Fredrick Steele McNeil Ferguson" which he released in March while in Melbourne, Australia. The highlight of Lane and Reynolds' performance was the final song, they combined for a mellow, mostly acoustic version of the classic song "You are my sunshine." The two sung in perfect harmony while Clare used her piano skills to accompany Jodie on his acoustic guitar, the crowd was singing along, enjoying themselves when Jodie injected some humor to the otherwise simple song. During the chorus of the song Jodie slipped in the words "you are my sunshine, my only sunshine, please don't (LET TRUMP) take my sunshine away." The crowd howled and laughed at the simple timely humor, on the eve of democratic primary election in California. Somewhat breaking traditional etiquette, Reinhart had a second opening act, however, the second act had something more than just live music to get the fans excited about. Jacob Luttrell, who is currently a go-to guy for pop artists looking for quality song writing was the second performer of the night. His music style is clearly Stevie Wonder influenced, mixed with a little Jamiroquai, as he blends soulful singing with up-tempo keyboard sounds. Many people may know Jacob Luttrell from his work with Enrique Iglesias, Luttrell wrote the song "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You.)" He also cracked the Billboard top 5 with the song "Wild Ones" performed by Flo Rida and Sia. Luttrell surprised the crowd of young and old when he invited his longtime girlfriend onto the stage to perform alongside him. Jacob began singing and playing the piano while Jeanette, his girlfriend, stood on stage and sang with him. After the final track of his set, Luttrell walked across the stage to his partner and began gushing to the crowd, expressing his truest emotions of love for her, ultimately dropping to one knee and proposing to her right there on the stage for hundreds of now emotional fans to witness. It was a beautiful sight and a wonderful moment for Jacob Luttrell and his soon-to-be bride. After the commotion of a wedding proposal the drinks began to really flow through the El Rey Theatre, and it was clear the fans were ready to see the main attraction. After the DJ played a few classic Al Green songs, just to keep the mood right, Haley Reinhart emerged from behind the velvet red curtain on the El Rey stage to a thunderous applause from her outwardly excited fans. With Luttrell back on piano, and the rest of her band behind her, Reinhart began her set with a few songs from her debut album, "Listen Up." It was a great decision to get things going with some older material, the fans were involved and Reinhart had the place jumping. After giving the fans some songs of her own, Haley did a few covers of some great older songs. She was able to bring her jazzy style to the classic Jackson 5 song "Never can say goodbye." Haley took a brief intermission to change out of her crimson fedora hat and pink fur crop top vest, in favor of a more relaxed romper. During the intermission Luttrell kept the crowd live with an electric version of Michael Jackson's hit "Rock with you." Reinhart reemerged looking fresh and ready to put on a second act to remember. The second act opened with a duet, as Reinhart and Luttrell went into a high energy rendition of the Sound Garden hit "Black Hole Sun," ending with an incredible electric guitar solo. My personal favorite song of the night came when Haley covered "Don't Leave Me" by Blackstreet. The final few tracks of her set consisted of song from her new album "Better" which was released last April. To end the set she performed a track from "Better," titled "My Cake" where she informed the crowd that this song was the dessert of the show. The song was full of energy, even bordering on the old scat style of singing, which played well to the crowd. At the end of the song, in true jazz form, all the band members were given a shout out by Haley, as they went to town on their own 30 second solo. However, the crowd was not satisfied, they chanted "one more song, one more song" for several moments until Haley came back onto the stage. Reinhart had to have known that her family, friends, and fans in attendance would need more, as she had Scott Bradlee and Casey Abrams from the Post Modern Jukebox (PMJ) crew come out with her for the encore. Reinhart performs with the PMJ crew from time to time, and it just so happens they were in town. PMJ is a music collective known for reworking popular modern music into different vintage genres, especially early 20th century forms such as swing and jazz. The trio came out, had some words with the crowd, and then went into their own version of the Radiohead classic "Creep." The night was a roaring success from the opening act through the encore, and the fans were able to go home very satisfied. Opening act Jordie Lane will be performing next on Wednesday, June 8 at the Arroyo Seco Golf Club in south Pasadena, and June 11 at the Hotel Cafe in West Hollywood. Jacob Luttrell can be seen next at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, Arizona on June 9 Haley Reinhart will be joining Luttrell at the Crescent Ballroom on June 9, and after that she will be on to a few more U.S. stops before heading to the United Kingdom in September.