From the moment Katie Gavin, Josette Maskin, and Naomi McPherson (the trio that forms MUNA) stepped on stage at the Fonda Theatre on Tuesday night, they had the crowd in the palm of their hands.
Opening their set with “Promise”, from their debut album About U, the crowd immediately started singing and it was off to the races from there. Written about struggling with temper, helplessness, and control, ultimately being unable to forgive oneself sends a sadder message. The audience understood it, but never let that get in the way from them having a good time.
Following up with “So Special”, I could tell this night was going to be different than your average concert. Looking around at the crowd, there were many special moments had by significant others. Known for being involved in the LGBTQ community, I saw many same-sex couples, enjoying each other’s company. It was amazingly refreshing to see such an open environment.
It was in the middle of their set where they showed off their incredible musicianship, filling the air with 80’s esque guitar melodies while jumping up and down in one synchronized motion. At one point, Naomi’s back was on the ground, entrancing the crowd with one of her many magical guitar solos.
They also played a couple of covers to our delight, U2’s “With Or Without You” and Stevie Nicks, “Edge of Seventeen”. Each responded extremely well with the crowd, and at different points throughout the night, I felt the ground shake beneath me as people around were dancing to the MUNA beat.
A point of interest throughout the show was Katie’s, MUNA’s lead singer, fine attire. She looked like she was about to sign the Declaration of Independence with her ruffled white shirt, while also one-upping rapper/singer Oliver Tree with her bowl cut hairdo. Actually, bowl cut isn’t a fair description… let’s just hope there are pictures below because you have to see it to believe it!
Another reason why I love MUNA so much is they are incredibly appreciative of their fans and of course Grace Mitchell, who rocked out beforehand with her band. She was certainly more gravitating dancing around without a guitar, but her hit song “NoLo” punched me square in the chest as she closed out her set. I’ve been into her for a couple of years so it was nice to see her perform before the queens that are MUNA rock the stage.
MUNA winded down their set with “I Know A Place”, which gave me and I hope everyone else in the room goosebumps. They have a pulse not only within the LGBTQ community, but for those that have been hurt and are seeking to move on.
I’m beyond glad I went to see them at the Fonda. MUNA speaks the truth and are the truth – a must see! If you’re in Europe in the coming weeks, go catch them on tour opening for Harry Styles!
Words by Steven Roston / Photos by Danielle Gornbein