Last week I went to a very special performance. RALPHY, indy pop starlet, dancer, singer-songwriter performed at The Rose in Pasadena. My history in music is mostly aggressive rock so to say I was curious about what a pop show looks like would be an understatement, I was practically shaking with curiosity. The Venue itself was very beautiful, a large foyer with a nice bar placed smack dab in the middle where you can see the artists on stage while you have a drink. I showed up early, as I’m apt to do, to have a few drinks and observe as the night unfolds. As the first two artists were playing the venue slowly and steadily started filling up, I could hear people talking about RALPHY as they sat at the bar next to me which really heightened my excitement. After a couple of hours, I went inside the main room to see what independent pop is about and what it looks like.
The first thing I noticed when RALPHY hit the stage was her immediate commanding of the stage, she exudes confidence in every movement she makes, in every word she says to the audience and in every lyric she sings. Despite the extra people on the stage, three dancers a DJ and her live drummer, you never can take your eyes off her. She demands your undivided attention and you can see it in the rapt gazes of her audience. I knew instantly that I was in for quite an experience.
On the technical side all the musicians playing with her were very talented, the rhythm seamless, the songs tight. Her dancers were ideal in that they compliment her without fully drawing your attention away. They are part of the show and they know it, all three of them were fantastic dancers and I was impressed by how fluidly the chirography flowed. It was more than obvious that a lot of prep time had been instituted and the discipline that it takes to be able to do what they were all doing so perfectly was frankly astounding. Just watching how faultless everybody moved wowed me. RALPHY is also knows for her unique costume changes, some she does off stage and one particularly amazing one on the stage while she was preforming. Not only does this make the show tons of fun to watch it makes every minute unique, you’re never quite sure what is going to be happening next and the 30 minuets she played flew by, there was something exceptionally beautiful in the story of her evening, in the way she strung the songs together and took us by the hand dancing and laughing with her.
“My religion is Love,” RALPHY croons and looking at the audience you can tell they not only believe but, they feel it. Everybody was dancing, singing along, smiling. The effect that she has on an audience is inspiring. She sings with all she is, dances the same, she’s basically exploding with talent and it was fantastic being able to look at people being so purely happy even if only for a short period of time. With all the stress in our lives, with the difficulties that everyone is faced with, from our lives being overwhelming and difficult, it’s amazing to me that RALPHY can supply a sense of relief from all that because more than her talent and her hard work, her show is fun, you can’t help but smile as you go with her. Joy is infectious and watching her get everybody dancing and having fun was a lovely thing. It’s something I know I’ll never forget. I can’t stress enough that if you are a person who enjoys Pop music that seeing RALPHY will make you a die-hard fan and if you aren’t a fan of pop, go see her, give it a chance, you might find yourself pleasantly surprised and caught up in an amazing moment. I know I was.
For more information on RALPHY and access to her music and when she’ll be performing again go check out her website ralphymusic.com