Natural Perfomer: Elle King at Taste of Chicago (July 7, 2016)

It may be raining, but that isn’t going to stop Elle King. “I was dumped once”, she says. “I’m never going to let happen again. At least I got this song out of it”. She then launches into “Good to Be A Man”. “Don’t have no conscience about my evil ways. Don’t ever feel bad for awful things I say”. Her banjo picking perfectly accompanies this very sarcastic tune about being male.

Her setlist included a lot of covers tonight. This is a sign she’ll probably start working on a new album soon to add to her debut, Love Stuff. “This is my favorite song”, she says as the band begins “Oh! Darling” by The Beatles. “When you told me you didn’t need me anymore, I nearly fell down and cried!” She sings with great emotion like the natural performer she is.

The crowd favorite of the night was “Ex’s & Oh’s”. “Ex’s and the oh, oh, oh’s they haunt me. Like gho-o-osts they want me, to make ’em all, all, all. They won’t let go”! sings everyone as they dance along. Elle has such a friendly and fun attitude. It’s a joy to watch her talk about her music and perform.

Quinn Delaney

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