ZZ Ward Brings the House Down at Emo’s Austin

Photo by: Austin Sarich
Photo by: Austin Sarich

Lights, cameras, and fedoras! Just a normal sight to see at a ZZ Ward live show. With a full house and diverse crowd, ZZ Ward delivered an unforgettable experience at Emo’s on Sunday Aug. 30. This blues and hip-hop singer is one that you don’t want to miss during her “Love and War Tour.”

ZZ opened the night with her 2012 single “Put the Gun Down,” that was on the official soundtrack for the movie We’re the Millers. Personally, it’s one of my favorite songs and It was a good choice to open with it. Wearing her trademark fedora, she pumped up the crowd with her strong vocals and flashy lights around the stage.

After greeting the Austin audience, ZZ didn’t wait long to play an extensive set list of her best hits. Some of the songs played were “Til the Casket Drops,” “Overdue,” and “If I Could Be Her.”

One of the things that I especially loved about the concert was the location. Emo’s is a small venue that allows the audience to be up close and personal. Overall, it made the night with ZZ Ward more intimate.

Not only were ZZ’s vocals on point, but her band members were magnificent as well. They were lively and showed the audience they were having as good a time as ZZ. She went on to introduce them during the concert while the crowd cheered them on. The musical connection that all the band members had was a big part of the spectacular performance.

As the night went on, ZZ sang another of my favorites called “Ride or Die,” as well as other hits such as “Charlie Ain’t Home” and “Blue Eyes Blind.”

There were a few instances when ZZ invited the audience to sing with her and it was impressive hearing how the whole venue was in sync with every word, showing the power of ZZ and her music.

Usually with concerts, there are the positives and negatives, but honestly I have no complaints about this one. The crowd, the venue, ZZ ward, the band, and everything else was perfect.

Overall it was an unforgettable, intimate concert with great vocals and a slammin’ band. Hopefully we’ll see more ZZ Ward coming to Austin in the future!

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