Music fails to resonate with the listener unless it’s sung with unabashed soul, which explains the commercial failure of Sartre and Camus’s duets album. Have an aural experience devoid of existentialism with today's GrouponLive deal to see Ms. Lauryn Hill at the Hollywood Palladium. For $36, you get one general-admission, standing-room-only ticket on Tuesday, February 14, at 8 p.m. (up to an $85.20 value, including all Ticketmaster fees). Doors open at 5 p.m.
Legendary purveyor of hip-hop and soul Ms. Lauryn Hill tourniquets her microphone with inimitable vocal prowess as her latest tour bowls over the Hollywood Palladium on Valentine’s Day. From her remarkable debut as queen bee of The Fugees to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which was named one of the greatest albums of all time by Rolling Stone, Hill injects feet with rhythmic jitters and moves souls with stirring lyrics of self-examination. During a set stacked with classic tracks and new surprises, the art-deco ballroom of the Hollywood Palladium will glow with Hill’s prodigious stage presence and timeless songs that refuse to grow whiskers, much like a baby kitten in suspended animation.
The Hollywood Palladium
On Halloween 1940, hundreds of couples clad in suits and cocktail gowns flooded into a brand-new concert hall. Bas-relief pillars and crushed-velvet curtains flanked a bandstand that today would seem comically small, its curves echoed in a series of sweeping, backlit circles rippling across the ceiling and ending in a wrap-around balcony where guests could look down on the sea of elegantly coiffed heads. But most importantly, there was lots and lots of room to dance.
That’s remained true in the many decades since the Hollywood Palladium’s grand opening. Over the years, the venue has hosted everyone from Black Flag and The Ramones to The Offspring and Jay-Z, and though a flashy modern light and video system now fills the stage, it still looks out on a massive dance floor lit by anachronistic chandeliers. Of course, guests might well guess at this blend of modern spectacle and old-school panache just from the venue’s façade, whose enormous neon letters tower above the marquee’s list of the big names on deck that week.