ZZ Ward at the House of Blues Dallas

ZZ-WARD-WEBTuesday, September 17th, The Cambridge Room at the House of Blues in Dallas housed a sold out crowd that was there to see the up and coming blues artist ZZ Ward.

This was my first time to see a show at the Cambridge Room.  I am huge fan of HOB Dallas. I cover a lot of shows there and the venue and staff is my favorite.  However, I did not enjoy the Cambridge Room as much.  While I like the vibe it aims for, I as a short person, could not see a thing no matter where I moved to. This was a sold out show, but the crowd overall was not a great one.  There was such an overwhelming amount of chatter and movement that if you were not right in front, it was actually almost louder than the show itself.

This noise really bothered me because if you were yapping instead of paying attention to the great show this very talented girl put on, you completely missed out.  She started the set off with her most successful song yet “Put the Gun Down” and my personal favorite “Til the Casket Drops.” She continued an hour long set filled with strong vocals and backed by a great set of musicians. She herself provided guitar and harmonica throughout. Other standout songs that were included in set were “Criminal,” “Move Like U Stole It,” and “365 Days.” Her stage presence was simple with just her talent on display.  She confidently interacted with the crowd in between songs mentioning she had not been to Dallas in several years when she was the opening act for Allen Stone and she was very happy to be back to a sold out crowd that was there for her. She is a very talented artist and I am sure this will not be her last trip to Dallas as a headliner. I would recommend checking out her music.

If you want to try and catch her live, she is currently continuing her Down and Dirty Shine Tour with upcoming stops on Sept 27th in Charlotte, NC and Sept 28th in Washington D.C. and her debut album “Til the Casket Drops” is available everywhere now.

by Reanna Streater


About Reanna

Reanna is a zookeeper that is insanely obsessed with her cat. She spends 90% of her time thinking about, planning for, or saving money to travel. She is known to speak the truth whether or not you want to hear it. It has also been said that she has a serious addiction to live music.