You may not remember the '60s band The Mamas and the Papas, but if you showed up Sunday afternoon to the Wilson Phillips free promo concert hosted by clothing retailer Loehmann's at 333 South La Cienega Blvd., you would have experienced a little bit of traveling back in time—complete with classic folk rock remakes like "California Dreamin," a Mamas and Papas signature and one of the hit songs on the list of Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Loehmann's has been outfitting the three ladies—Carnie, Wendy and Chynna—every step of the way this past year during a new tour with music from their newly released CD Dedicated. Sunday's event was also a promo to advertise the three sisters' new reality show, Wilson Phillips Still Holding On, now airing on the TV Guide Network. And yes, it actually is a network these days, not just a playlist of TV shows and channels.
Since the movie Bridesmaids, where they made an almost impromptu cameo appearance, Wilson Phillips admitted, on stage, that they've been blindsided. "We had no idea it was going to be such a hit!" In fact, the group's manager didn't even get a script to the movie before filming. But the Oscar-nominated comedy pushed them flatly back into the media and straight to the top 100s in the music charts, essentially rebooting their career.
One thing about these ladies, however, is that they never ever get tired of singing. "Hold On," their 1990 Hot 100 Single of the Year, which helped to sell their self-entitled album, sold over 10 million copies worldwide. "Hold On" also won them the Billboard Music Award and in addition it was nominated for four Grammy Awards and two American Music Award.
Making Mamas proud
All three girls had their respective mothers in the audience. And sitting at the steps watching, listening and looking, almost in awe as if she were reliving beautiful memories was Michelle Philips—one of the original female vocalists. I caught up with the still radiant and gorgeous Ms. Phillips (Chynna's mom) just after the show.
"I can't help watch the singing and and not cry," Philips said. "They've been singing together since they were babies. And today they did it completely acoustically, with just a guitar. They were amazing!"
And they were. Crowd pleasers to the max, especially Carnie, who invited everyone to shop with the sisters as she would probably go on a "bender" as the purse section was already in her view from the stage.
Nearly every young person in the audience was holding up an iPhone, Android or mini-cam to film the performance, which included "Release Me," "Hold On," "California Dreamin," "Dedicated to the One I Love" and "In My Room"—a song written by 20-year-old "Papa" Brian Wilson.
"Good, good, good, good vibrations!"