Olivia O’Brien ignites Fonda Theatre reopening

Olivia O'Brien Fonda 2021 mainbar

It had been 18 long months since the Fonda Theatre hosted a crowd when Olivia O’Brien arrived on stage as last Wednesday’s headliner.

The crowd couldn’t contain themselves as the rising pop singer delivered a memorable performance to her adoring fans — many of whom hadn’t seen live music in that entire year-and-a-half stretch. For those and everyone else, it was well worth the wait.

It was the first time O’Brien played Los Angeles since a February 2019 show at the El Rey Theatre. She’s playing bigger venues every time she comes to town, and for a good reason. The show even featured a wardrobe change.

After kicking off her live shows with a Lollapalooza 2021 set, O’Brien’s full tour began a couple days earlier in Santa Ana and San Diego, where she debuted live performances of songs from her sophomore record EPISODES — part one. At this tour stop she also delivered memorable covers of Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated” and Ke$ha’s “Your Love Is My Drug” to much fanfre.

Openers UPSAHL and drumaq served as great appetizers for the show.

Check out Justin Higuchi’s photos of all three below!

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