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Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters Rock the Festival of Disruption at The Ace

Robert Plant - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Robert Plant – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

By DONNA BALANCIA

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters put on a once in a lifetime show at the Festival of Disruption at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel.

While many of his rock n roll brethren, like The Who, Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones were in Indio, Plant drew a zealous audience that made a pilgrimage to see the world’s best.

Lisa and Tina from Ventura brought him a bouquet of roses, Leslie raced to the stage to see the master at his craft and Amy wept as Plant and his band played Led Zeppelin favorites as well as new tunes.

Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters

Robert Plant - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Robert Plant – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

The Sensational Space Shifters is comprised of some of the finest musicians around with Plant, Justin Adams, Juldeh Camara, Billy Fuller, Liam “Skin” Tyson and Dave Smith.

For those who never had the opportunity to see Led Zeppelin, this band brings the well-known hits to life but adds a global twist complete with exotic beats and Plant taking on hand drums. Favorites included “Over The Hills,” “Black Dog,” “Rock N Roll,” “Whole Lotta Love” and “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You.”

While he celebrated his 68th birthday in August, Plant has all the verve and energy of someone half his age. He’s looking good and he commands the stage with a powerful confidence exuded only by someone who has been doing this longer than most audience members have been alive.

Robert Plant - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Robert Plant – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Plant’s Audience

Plant has an affable way of connecting with his audience and in an “intimate” setting he’s personable, telling jokes and putting on a show that’s appropriate for the artsy new festival in downtown LA.

The Festival of Disruption features exhibits and discussions by a range of artists, photographers and performers.

Lynch, the mastermind behind works ranging from “Blue Velvet” to “Twin Peaks” is the curator.

Robert Plant - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Robert Plant – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Additional musicians taking the stage Sunday night were electronic artist Jon Hopkins, who presented his sounds against a backdrop of creative visions; and St. Vincent, who adapted her show to include compelling performance art with dancers and physical performers.

The Festival of Disruption continued Sunday with Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, Jason Bentley and a discussion on the music of “Twin Peaks.”

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