Laura Nyro, Royce Hall 1968
Congratulations Stew and Heidi on your residency at UCLA and concert at Royce Hall!
I saw Laura Nyro there in 1968 when I was 16. She played for, I think, 3 nights and I went to 2 of them. I believe we were the first West Coast fans to see her perform post-Monterey Pop. Judging from the footage on youtube, she did a night club act at Monterey. Good, but nothing like what we were treated to. It was pure, raw emotion, with Laura pounding the piano, hair completely in her face for most of the show. She wore long dresses and I recall a number of pale, pre-goth Laura look-alikes in the crowd. I can’t remember the set list, but I know for sure she did “Lonely Women” from her songbook and a medley of “Up on the Roof” and “Spanish Harlem,” songs she would later record.