LP Brings Powerhouse Vocals to Philadelphia



Alison Nieto Culture Editor

On February 15, the Fillmore was filled to the brim with people of all ages for the LP — also known as Laura Pergolizzi — Philadelphia stint of her Heart to Mouth tour. When you weren’t enchanted by her vocals, you were wondering how those notes came out of that diaphragm. The night started with an opening act from Korey Dane, who sang what my guest referred to as “sad boy music.” He sat in the middle of the stage with his guitar and softly sang into the microphone for his 40-minute set. 

LP took the stage around 9:30 and immediately the vibe in the Fillmore changed. The venue transformed from a bunch of strangers hanging out, listening to chill music, to the coolest block party you’ve ever been invited to. LP opened her set with “Dreamcatcher,” the first track from her newest album and, immediately, we were struck with the versatility of her voice and sound. Everything from her presentation to the insanely high operatic notes she hit in the middle of her songs was effortless. It felt like you were sitting in a room with her and jamming out, with no expectation or presentation. 

She performed mostly songs from her newest album, “Heart to Mouth,” with a couple songs from her 2017 album “Lost On You.” The amazing thing was that even if you didn’t know all the words to all the songs, you didn’t feel like you were waiting for anything: you were swept up in the crowd that wouldn’t stop dancing — I honestly doubt anyone had a better time than the guy standing in front of us — and music that felt like it was written just for you. Along with performing her own music, LP wove in a cover of Kings of Leon’s “Sex On Fire,” which fit perfectly between verses of “No Witness.” One of the most notable performances of the night was when she sang “The Power,” which starts with an acoustic strumming pattern and a haunting melody. In the middle, the key changes and she’s belting the same melody from the beginning and you felt absolutely transcended. 

In the middle of the set, the rest of the band faded out and LP sang “Recovery,” backed only by the pianist. It was the only sad song she played throughout the whole set and definitely brought the room down. “Recovery” is a hauntingly beautiful song about the dissolution of a failed relationship that is difficult to move on from. 

The concert ended with LP singing her songs “Shaken” and “Special” which were so fun to listen to. After she left the stage, people were still dancing and yelling her name. The lights went out and LP came back out for her encore, where she played “Tokyo Sunrise,” off her 2017 album “Lost on You” and “Lost On You,” which was the song that rocketed her to fame in 2017. “Tokyo Sunrise” feels very hopeful and ended with the instruments dropping out and LP singing “I’ll see you again,” which felt like a promise to return to Philadelphia.  

Overall, I don’t think I’ve been to a concert where everyone was unapologetically having so much fun, singing and dancing with strangers. LP didn’t just put on a show, she created an atmosphere in which strangers acted like family.