Madi Diaz greeted nearly each member of the crowd as she took the stage at Off Broadway, with the smallish group in attendance cued up to hear the Los Angeles singer/songwriter.
My recap starts slightly in reverse, as I originally hadn’t planned on staying for headliner Harper Blynn. But on my way out the door, both Madi and Steve Pohlman (venue owner) raved about how I needed to stick around the check out the pop quintet. The groggy morning at work the next day turned out to be well worth it, and you can head over to their website and download Busy Hands for free to give them a shot.
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Between songs, Madi alluded to some songs being about making out and others about being bummed out. Her debut album, Plastic Moon, wonderfully showcases both from the poppy “Give Me a Kiss” to the crescendoing “Down We Go.” Going solo for the evening, her set was a simple showcase of her voice and charm and the highlight easily had to be the killer down-tempo cover of Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up,” which you can also find on her recent Daytrotter session. Her current tour with Harper Blynn wraps up in the upcoming week, so if you’re West of here, keep her name on your radar.
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