The women of indie music have a lot to say and the folks of Madison are all ears. Last Friday, October 11, Lucy Dacus, joined by Sun June and Liza Anne, played a sold-out show at the Majestic. The venue was quickly filled with fans eager for a night of beautiful music and emotions.
Sun June was the first to take the stage. Singer, Laura Colwell, stood front and center as the rest of her bandmates picked up their instruments. After an introduction, the singer took the time to give thanks and to apologize for being ill. Regardless of being sick, Colwell pushed through the set. Her airy vocals perfectly matching the band’s soft pop sound.
Next was second opening act, Liza Anne. Fans awed as the singer strutted onto the stage in an asymmetrical, sheer, green gown. Her dramatic facials and movement filled the set with theatrics. At times she delivered lyrics in an almost spoken-word matter, which enforced her angsty diva attitude. She was open with the audience, bantering between songs about personal anecdotes and the meaning behind her music. As she left the stage and the lights dimmed, the mood shifted to excited anticipation for Lucy.
Dacus took the stage, alone, wearing a signature red lip and black gown that she said made her feel like she was at prom. The first tune she played was an unreleased song. It was calm and not what I would have expected for an opening song, but it set a peaceful tone for the rest of the night. As she finished, her band joined her. The energy immediately picked up. Dacus was incredibly appreciative, thanking the audience coming. She noted how she always felt in good company in Madison and loved the attitude of the people attending her show.
Dacus had an incomparable command over the audience. She had the respect of the crowd. During slower songs the audience was silent, entranced in her angelic vocals. As I predicted, tears were shed. When she played upbeat tunes, the crowd danced and sang along. She was personable and relatable. There were countless people who seemed to have a very deep connection to Dacus and her music.
As the show wound down, Dacus performed a few of her well-known songs. As she left the stage after her “last song,” the crowd began to chant her name. Shortly after she was back on stage, joined this time by Liza Anne. They sang Dacus’ cover of the Phil Collins classic, “In the Air Tonight.” It was an eerie and bizarre song to end on, yet it worked. A roar of applause followed Dacus as she left the stage, saying goodbye to Madison once again.