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Ray Lamontagne @ The Wiltern, 10/30

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All photos were taken by the lovely and talented Sandra Vahtel

Last Thursday, the Wiltern dressed itself up in honor of the anti-star, Ray Lamontagne's performance. There were chairs that lined the floor and ushers guided the patrons to their seats. It was all very refined. At least until Mr. Lamontagne took the stage. Then all hell broke loose. The last time I heard so many catcalls and whistles for a male performer I believe was 1998 at a Backstreet Boys concert. And this crap continued before every single song for the entire hour and half he was on stage. There were cries of "I love you, Ray!" and "Marry me!" from grown women all over the auditorium. Given the fact that Ray Lamontagne is renowned for being a very shy, reclusive type, who refuses to give interviews and prefers the shelter of his house in Maine to any big city, the poor man was probably mortified.