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Hugh Laurie's Rock Face Is Epic

Hugh Laurie charmed the Mesa Arts Center last night. Full slideshow here.
Hugh Laurie charmed the Mesa Arts Center last night. Full slideshow here.
Evie Carpenter

Toes were tapping, bodies were swaying and there were mini standing ovations after almost every song Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band played for a sold out crowd Tuesday night at the Mesa Arts Center. If there was any doubt that the House M.D. star was a tried and true musician before, it was quickly forgotten somewhere between his guttural performance of "Wild Honey" and him jumping up on the piano to play with his feet during the finale.

Laurie's show was equal parts pure musical talent, only accentuated by the excellent, seven-person Copper Bottom Band, and almost Broadway-level theatrics, like the on-stage intermission he held for him and his band mates to take a shot of whiskey.

But somehow, amidst the tango dancing, British wit, sing-a-longs and two encore performances, Laurie still came across as just another music lover, riffing and jamming with his good (and insanely talented) friends.

Not to mention, he's an extremely animated performer.

Hugh was feeling it.
Hugh was feeling it.
Evie Carpenter
Hugh Laurie's Rock Face Is Epic
Evie Carpenter
Hugh Laurie's Rock Face Is Epic
Evie Carpenter
Hugh Laurie's Rock Face Is Epic
Evie Carpenter
He doesn't even need a bench to feel this good.
He doesn't even need a bench to feel this good.
Evie Carpenter

 

Smoother than the pirate ruffles on his shirt.
Smoother than the pirate ruffles on his shirt.
Evie Carpenter

If there's one thousand-word story these pictures tell, it's of a guy who knows how to entertain. Makes sense, given Laurie's career as an actor, that he knows a thing or two about stage presence.

The double finger-point is not for amateurs.
The double finger-point is not for amateurs.
Evie Carpenter
Yes, the roof was raised.
Yes, the roof was raised.
Evie Carpenter
Gongs were delicately throttled.
Gongs were delicately throttled.
Evie Carpenter

Yes, Laurie knows how to have a good time. Not only is he a sterling actor, he's a solid musician and a consummate performer. So wink and thumbs-up to you, Hugh Laurie.

Right back at ya, Hugh.
Right back at ya, Hugh.
Evie Carpenter

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