A friend suggested I might really want to catch this performer at a local club, admitting that she too had just heard of her. A quick visit to youtube convinced me that yes, I must see her!
My seat was right next to the main speaker, so I had an unobstructed view of the stage. Although she usually travels with a band and electric instruments, this was a one-woman, all acoustical performance. Even so, the unadorned raw power of her voice and presentation made for an exciting set.
Things got off to a slow start, with some tuning & picture taking ~~
Finally onstage, she was not satisfied with how the guitar was tuned ~~
Okay, ready to go, starting off slow, then heating up ~~
Since we're almost all picture-takers here at anyport, you'll appreciate the fun challenge of getting photos at a live performance. Girl-on-a-stool was a live action challenge for sure, but I hope my pictures convey some sense of how wonderfully she throws herself into the songs.
I've discovered it's not that easy to balance my enjoyment of & really getting into a performance with the desire to take pictures. Accordingly, this song was well launched before I realized I just had to video it ~
Although I totally love her wild abandon, this soulful song greatly moved me: as a heartfelt paean to place.
~~ and, when I went to get my video url from youtube, I saw that someone else had also posted video from Saturday's performance:
Wow!! Fabulous performance and a great presentation of Bixa! You really captured her well. Just wonderful. Thanks for doing this, a very challenging prospect I don't think could have been better presented. I'm glad you discovered her and were able to get out and see/hear her perform.
Thanks, ladies! Certainly I had fun doing this, but have to give some credit to my little camera, which picks up sound rather well. It was a real treat getting to see & hear the dressed-down version of what this singer can do. It would have been perfect if she'd had a more receptive audience. Probably most of what she said & sang was too alien to their young ears.
Also, I think we've all experienced the phenomena of people treating a live performance as though it were a juke box, wanting only what they know. There's also the "let's show how much we love our star by drawing attention to ourselves" syndrome. The Lila Downs concert was packed with her fans -- fans like the chick behind me who keep whooping loudly through every song until I asked that she stop yelling in my ear.
If you're curious, the headliner band at the club where Lissie played was Austin TV. I made the video below and sat through two songs that sounded more or less the same as the bit in the video, then split. My friend sat out the set (only 20 minutes!) & said that it got better & more exciting. The music in the link above would seem to bear that statement out.