Rozes @ Boot & Saddle.
Clad in a crown made of flowers, Elizabeth Mencel, better known as Rozes, walked on to the stage at Boot & Saddle last Thursday and burst into song.
It was a small crowd at first – mostly family and friends, it seemed, but the room quickly filled as she bellowed and howled in the most mellifluous and emotional way.
“Hi, I’m Rozes,” she announced after the first song. “And I’m home.”
The pop singer with intricate and personal lyrics grew up in Montgomeryville and spent a year at Temple University. She took off after her music career started blossoming. Last summer, she released a song with The Chainsmokers, “Roses,” and it became the number one track on the dance/electronic charts in January.
Rozes released her debut album in February and celebrated with a jam-packed show at Boot & Saddle.
Last week, she performed most of the tracks from that album and a few new songs, with the support of a guy on drums and the keys.
“The whole things about Rozes is to be real,” she told the crowd before performing a new song called “Under the Grave.” It’s about her not connecting with friends while dealing with the pressures of the music industry. And she felt bad about it.
Throughout the night, people screamed out her name between songs. And when she performed “Roses,” it seemed as though everyone sang along.
After her last song, Rozes said, “Please come up and say hello. I love to make new friends.”
Then she walked off the stage to MIA’s “Paper Planes” and she greeted fans and took pictures until the next act hit the stage.