till.. Dead Cross North American Tour ! August 10 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory August 11 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl August 12 Phoenix, AZ The Marquee August 14 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Bar & Grill August 15 Houston, TX Warehouse Live August 16 Austin, TX Emo’s August 18 Tucson, AZ The Rialto Theatre August 19 San Diego, CA The Observatory North Park August 21 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre August 23 Berkeley, CA The UC Theatre August 25 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theatre August 26 Seattle, WA The Showbox August 27 Portland Wonder Ballroom August 29 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades September 8 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage September 10 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer September 11 Boston, MA Royale September 12 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre September 13 Brooklyn, NY Warsaw September 15 Detroit, MI St. Andrew’s Hall September 16 Chicago, IL Riot Fest September 17 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom September 19 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue September 20 Lawrence, KS Liberty Hall September 23 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
3.11 Marfa - Marfa Myths *
3.13 Kansas City - The Record Bar
3.14 Minneapolis - Triple Rock Social Club
3.15 Milwaukee - Turner Hall Ballroom
3.16 Chicago - Thalia Hall
3.17 Cleveland - Beachland Ballroom
3.18 Detroit - El Club
3.20 Toronto - The Mod Club
3.21 Montreal - Rialto Theater
3.22 Philadelphia - Union Transfer
3.24 New York - Webster Hall
3.25 Boston - Brighton Music Hall
3.27 Washington DC - 9:30 Club
3.29 Athens - Georgia Theatre
3.30 Asheville - The Grey Eagle
3.31 Atlanta - Terminal West
4.01 New Orleans - One Eyed Jacks
4.03 Houston - Walter’s
4.04 Austin - The Mohawk
4.07 Denver - Gothic Theatre
4.08 Salt Lake City - Metro Music Hall
4.16 Coachella - Indio *
4.23 Coachella - Indio *
All dates with @thebaberainbow except *
Tickets at allahlas.com/live
Poster by Lena Garcia Farris maisfica.tumblr.com/
I remember my first encounter with a violin. I was in elementary school and our teacher was going over the intricacies of the instrument, the mechanics, how to hold it and so on. The information was jarring and I found the instrument to be quite intimidating. It’s a very human instrument and can take several years to master. It’s a shame that I can’t recall the first time I heard dub-step though. Which isn’t all too surprising considering a great majority of dub-step is interchangeable and disposable. Never the less it has a place in our culture.
Lindsey Stirling combines both of these elements fluently. If you didn’t know, she’s one of the largest musical voices on the internet. With two dedicated channels on Youtube (Lindseystomp and Lindsey Time) she’s taken charge of her musical career since she first broke out on Americas Got Talent.
Knowing nothing about the music Stirling creates, when I was offered the job to photograph her I promptly typed her name in to Youtube and was overwhelmed with videos. Clicking the first one, entitled “Shadows”, I sat in my chair astonished. If you haven’t seen the video, it’s basically her out-dancing her own shadow, while playing her violin. Yes. She was dancing and playing a violin. Apart from that, I could not get in to the dub-step element she infused with her playing. I watched a few more videos, hoping to “get it” but found myself not totally invested in the music but rather just how talented she was.
But part of me was still curious as to how she performed live, so I was excited when I walked in to the Turner Hall Ballroom on Monday night. Going about my business, I accidentally stumbled upon a fan VIP Q&A with Stirling and about 20 other people. I was taken back at how vivacious yet modest Stirling was as she answered questions ranging from how she liked Milwaukee, to her favorite cereal to going in to detail about how a fan wanted to scream at her butt. After the Q&A session, drummer Drew and keyboardist Gavi took the stage as the band performed a song that would not appear on the set list later that night. It was then when I realized it just wasn’t all MacBook’s and violins.
Before Stirling took the stage for her set, local DJ Chris V opened the show to a very restless crowd. I noticed a few people around me who were asking why he was opening and even questioned his credibility as a musician. Despite the lack of regard from the majority of the crowd, there were a few girls near the stage dancing and when Chris V pulled out his trump card, Baauer’s “Harlem Shake”, the crowd couldn’t help but go crazy.
After Chris V’s set, it was only minutes before the lights fell once again as Drew and Gavi took their places followed by an effervescent Lindsey Stirling. Adorned in a custom made conductor’s suit, Stirling took center stage before the giant LED screen and began playing her own classical piece before transitioning in to the electric “Stars Align” off of her self-titled debut.
Stirling was all smiles as she ferociously played a dizzying array of notes while prancing back and forth on stage like a butterfly caught in a jar. At one moment she could be seen stage right nearly kissing the ground and the next be stage left kicking a leg high in the air, all the while not missing one damn note. As she bounced around on stage Gavi provided a thick atmosphere on keys that complimented Stirling’s majestic playing, while Drew precisely pounded out every beat and rhythm. The band as an entirety was as tight and up beat as the music they play demands.
The majority of the night was focused on showcasing a lot of the songs off of her 2012 debut. (Actually all but two songs were played) That doesn’t mean that Stirling didn’t sprinkle in a little fun here and there. Occasionally the band would break in to their own renditions of famous songs such as Rihanna’s “We Found Love” and Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”. One of the more accepted covers played that night was the solo interpretation of the Legend of Zelda theme that catered to gaming nerds in the crowd.
Lindsey herself was one of the most talkative artists I’ve seen perform in a while. She would often tell the crowd how much she appreciates their support, how her life has changed over the past couple of months as well as stories about her trip to Kenya and how much she loves to record and edit videos. One of which was being recorded that night, where the whole crowd participated in a dance conducted by Stirling herself. (I’ll post said video when it becomes available.)
Stirling finished the set with a two song encore that included a breathtaking rendition of Evanescence’s “My Immortal” before finishing the night where her career began with the colossal hit “Crystalize”.
As the night drew to a close, I came to appreciate the music and as I’m writing this I’m still listening and enjoying it. Watching the band perform live is much different than just simply listening to it. Stirling’s dancing shows just as much emotion as her virtuosity while the drums and keys are lightly layered over the violin creating a dense, expansive atmosphere. You don’t even really notice the dub-step elements after a while as they’re only a minor element in the overall composition.
Lindsey Stirling may have been discouraged earlier in her career, but she can certainly lay those doubts to rest as the sold out crowd at Turner Hall, and Milwaukee as a whole, will embrace her return when she tours again.