I went to the Orpheum in downtown L.A. on Saturday for a concert by Ray Davies, frontman of the Kinks. It was probably my fifth time at the Orpheum, now primarily used for concerts. As you can see, it’s a little like entering the Palace at Versailles.
(Although few people at Versailles can have dinner beforehand at Clifton’s Cafeteria.)
If you’re a fan of the Kinks’ late ’60s period, this was the concert of your dreams, as Davies played such beloved, if little-known, chestnuts as “Autumn Almanac,” “See My Friends,” “Shangri-La,” “Do You Remember Walter,” “Waterloo Sunset” and “Days,” the latter two being among the most lovely pop songs of the 20th century. (If you don’t know them, hie thee to a record shop.)
This was one of my favorite concerts ever. And the venue was no slouch either.