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LÉON makes Crescent City stop on first North American tour

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LÉON will perform on Feb. 26 at Gasa Gasa. Her set is a part of the singer-songwriter's first North American tour. The upcoming show marks her return to New Orleans after playing Voodoo Arts + Music Experience last fall.

LÉON will perform on Feb. 26 at Gasa Gasa. Her set is a part of the singer-songwriter's first North American tour. The upcoming show marks her return to New Orleans after playing Voodoo Arts + Music Experience last fall.

Courtesy of Chris Anokute

Courtesy of Chris Anokute

LÉON will perform on Feb. 26 at Gasa Gasa. Her set is a part of the singer-songwriter's first North American tour. The upcoming show marks her return to New Orleans after playing Voodoo Arts + Music Experience last fall.

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With neo-grunge street art, a brand-new locale and featured artists every day of the week, Gasa Gasa is Uptown New Orleans’ most ambitious venue for live music and the arts.

A hole-in-the-wall concert hall with an endearingly edgy aesthetic, Gasa Gasa has re-characterized its immediate community. The venue hosts frequent concerts, film screenings and art exhibits.

This budding landmark is a watering hole for music and art lovers alike. Gasa Gasa attracts artists from around the world to grace its stage, like LÉON, who will be performing on Feb. 26.

Tickets are on sale now — $13 in advance or $15 at the door — and are available to anyone 18 or older. The show starts at 10 p.m. with soul and hip-hop artist Jacob Banks as the opener.

Beginning her first ever headlining North American tour earlier this year, singer and songwriter LÉON is on track to becoming the next big breakout artist in the pop music industry. From Stockholm, LÉON initially garnered musical recognition when her October 2015 “Treasure EP” spawned a hit in its lead single, “Tired of Talking.” With more than 43 million plays on Spotify, this song brought her to the international spotlight. Pop princess Katy Perry herself tweeted that LÉON is “one to watch” in August 2015.

To characterize LÉON’s musical style solely as mainstream pop would be an oversimplification. Whereas her songs “Tired of Talking” and “Nobody Cares” evoke similarities with other modern pop stars, like Lady Gaga or a less aggressive P!nk, her other music is far more stripped-down and sentimental.

“Dreams,” with its delicate piano lead, fluctuating dynamics and soulful vocals, is likely a song she will perform.

LÉON has had a debut album in the works for a while but has yet to announce a release date. Due to the impending release, fans remain hopeful she will unveil at least one or two brand-new, never-before-heard singles on Sunday.

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LÉON makes Crescent City stop on first North American tour