Leave it to the fine folks at KCRW, SoCal’s leading NPR affiliate, to throw one helluva listener appreciation concert on Saturday night. Hosted and curated, if you will, by Nic Harcourt, the near-legendary host of the daily syndicated show Morning Becomes Eclectic, the bill featured stellar turns by the sultry Bitter:Sweet, guitar virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela, and the hypnotic Cold War Kids, who counted Will Ferrell among their constituents. He and his wife, Viveca, were seated front and center for their mid-evening set.
And Ferrell wasn’t the only celebrity in the crowd. Entourage’s Adrien Grenier and British comedienne Tracey Ullman were spotted checking out Lily Allen, while headliners the Shins, who were also playing the following night at downtown L.A.’s Orpheum Theater, scanned the crowd for Paris Hilton, who was rumored to be there. They even thanked her for coming, though it was never confirmed that she was actually in the audience. Of course, no one was complaining, except maybe Grenier, but because he thought the bass during the Shins’ set was too loud.
Surprise guests Travis (pictured), who literally stepped off of the plane and onto the Gibson Ampitheater stage, certainly had a right to, but once their set was over, it was all about enjoying the show. “We wanna see the Shins, go to the afterparty, and get absolutely wasted,” said frontman Fran Healy, and off they went!