Review: Lara Johnston makes charming debut at Jones Beach Theater in NY Special

Posted Aug 29, 2015 by Markos Papadatos
Singer-songwriter Lara Johnston performed at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Long Island on August 29, as part of the Laid Back Festival.
Singer-songwriter Lara Johnston
Singer-songwriter Lara Johnston
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Johnston served as an opening act for such musical acts as The Doobie Brothers, which are inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman, who is best known for his work in The Allman Brothers, as well as for being one of the iconic southern rock group's founding members.
Johnston began her set with the infectious and crisp "Backseat," and it was followed by the stunning "K.I.S.S," where the listener could slightly recall pop songstress Rihanna ("Take A Bow"), which should be taken as a compliment.
She commanded the stage well with "Party's Over," and her authentic ballad "Sketches" contained vivid imagery, where she was able to the hit the high notes and make them seem effortless. She showed some attitude on the spitfire and rebellious "I Don't Give A."
The mid-tempo "Pity Party" showed off her husky voice (reminiscent of Kelly Clarkson) and it is break-up anthem that many listeners could relate to due to its unapologetic nature. "Here at the End of the World" was a great deal of fun, especially since it highlighted her tremendous range.
The Verdict
Lara Johnston's vocals are quite distinct, and she was able to bring her original music to the Long Island audience. She writes her own music and it deserves more than just a passing glance. She was able to warm up the stage for The Doobie Brothers and Gregg Allman. This girl is definitely going places. Her mini-concert garnered 4 out of 5 stars.
To learn more about singer-songwriter Lara Johnston, her music and show dates, check out her official website.