Cee-Lo Green performs the inaugural concert at CityWalk's Five Towers concert venue in Los Angeles
Living in Los Angeles, one knows that there are several things this town has an abundance of. Sure, there is too much smog and traffic, but one of the good things about L.A. is there is no shortage of live music venues. From the slew of clubs on Hollywood's Sunset Strip to downtown's L.A. Live venue, Los Angelenos have a wide variety of places to check out live music. Last week, CityWalk, Universal City's sprawling outdoor mall and entertainment complex, added its own live music arena, 5 Towers. The state-of-the-art stage was put to great use right off the bat, with a FREE concert by none other than music sensation and The Voice judge Cee-Lo Green.
The Voice also had another presence at the Thursday night event, with Season 1 winner Javier Colon on hand to officially "plug in" this massive 5 Towers stage, which practically dwarfs the movie theater right behind it. It didn't take long for the massive crowd to gather around this state-of-the-art stage, and they soon became restless for Cee-Lo Green, chanting his name before his eventual arrival on stage.
After watching The Voice this season, I knew that Cee-Lo Green could come on stage wearing the most outlandish of outfits. Surprisingly, he breezed on stage wearing his trademark shades, baggy jeans, and a vintage t-shirt featuring Robert De Niro's cherished character from Taxi Driver, Travis Bickle. Oh, and, of course, some bling. He kicked off the night with his latest hit, "Bright Lights, Bigger City," followed by "I Like It." It's clear he has the top-notch skills to work a crowd and his energetic enthusiasm simply electrified the crowd.
He also treated the audience to an unusual cover song: a "dude" version of The Pussycat Dolls' hit/overplayed song "Don't Cha," which was actually quite hilarious. Although his Gnarles Barkley cohort Danger Mouse was not in attendance, that didn't stop Cee-Lo Green from doing a solo version of the hit single "Crazy." It was a very intriguing song since he replaced the more upbeat and infectious tempo of the album version with a more subdued 70s-style beat with a little bit of techno thrown in as well.
As he kept on performing, anyone could notice that the audience started to be less and less involved with each song. Clearly they were waiting for something, and Cee-Lo Green knew it. He joked that they weren't enthusiastic enough, especially since it was a free concert. It only took one tiny sample from DJ Rashida to whip the crowd into a frenzy once again. Naturally, that sample was the first few opening moments of Cee-Lo Green's blockbuster song "Fuck You." When he finally broke into the song after a few minutes of teasing the audience, the place went berzerk. It was a perfect way to close out the night at this amazing new concert venue.
While Cee-Lo Green was the first to perform at 5 Towers at CityWalk, he certainly won't be the last. 5 Towers has free shows lined up all throughout the summer. Their "Close to Home" concert series runs on Friday nights from 7 PM to 10 PM, which features some of the Los Angeles area's up and coming talent. Saturday night will feature two bands performing each night throughout the summer, while Sunday brings a Latin flavor with Jam on CityWalk with Telemundo and mun2.