Live Review: Mayer Hawthorne @ The Music Box

“This is a show, not a concert so if you’re not going to dance, go to the back,” Mayer Hawthorne told the crowd at the sold out Music Box in Hollywood Friday night. He also exclaimed that the “Pee Wee’s Playhouse word of the day” was “FUN.” Without a doubt, the statement set the tone for the last stop on the  Mazda2Music Tour, which transformed the Music Box into a giant dance party. There was absolutely no shortage of fun as Hawthorne and The County had the audience singing along to soulful croons, silky harmonies and smooth falsettos all night.

If you’ve never heard Mayer Hawthorne, his music is reminiscent of 1950’s-1960’s R&B soul, and it’s no wonder the artist is gaining street cred from mainstream acts including Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg and John Mayer. See what Snoop Dogg had to say about Hawthorne:

Looking around at the attendees in the venue, it was clear that good music attracts a diverse crowd. We saw fans ranging from teens to middle-aged parents excited to listen to Hawthorne. The silky smooth harmonies of The County made the show complete.

There was something about this show that stood out from all the concerts we’ve attended in the past. Perhaps it was the Mayerettes’ synchronized choreography or maybe it was the matching red cardigan sweaters worn by the band or the level of audience engagement, but whatever it was, we loved every second of it.

Check out our coverage of “The Ills.” Watch the dancers (Mayerettes):

These guys deliver an entertaining show and even taught the crowd how to do the “Errol Flynn” dance move, which reminded us of Beyonce’s “Put a Ring On It” hand-movement.

See live footage here (courtesy of Disarray Magazine):

Check out some live footage courtesy of WhiteFlightBD and see the swagger brought to you by Hawthorne and The County as they performed a new song titled, “No Strings.”

As soon as “Maybe So, Maybe No,” was performed, the audience cheered and sang along to the entire tune. The crowd also went crazy as soon as Hawthorne infused a few cover songs into his set including Snoop Dogg’s “Gangsta Luv.” Hawthorne also performed notable tracks, “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out,” “The Ills,” “Your Easy Lovin’ Ain’t Pleasin’ Nothin,” and anew track titled, “No Strings.”

Hawthorne finished his set with Empire of the Sun’s “We Are the People.” Check out our coverage:


After the performance, we headed to the rooftop where Hawthorne was DJ-ing (without a laptop.) He was spinning old school jams, which kept the dance party going. Here are some photos:

Make sure to check out Mayer Hawthorne in concert. We can guarantee an energetic and engaging performance. For more information, visit:

All photos taken by Markus Biegel

About the Author

Formerly an editor and writer at Citysearch, The Examiner, LA Youth Newspaper and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Buena decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of Disarray Magazine.
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