St. Vincent at Chicago Theater

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WXRT’s first of 2 Big Holiday shows featured Future Islands and the incredible St. Vincent. Unfortunately, we missed Future Islands, but made it just in time to see the entire set for St. Vincent.

After Jason Thomas introduced the band, an electronic voice comes on and asks us to refrain from using our digital devices in order to have an optimal experience. I was able to abide by this throughout about 35% of the show…I just needed one photo! I got my shot and then put my camera away!

They take the stage and open with a bang! They gave off so much energy, and sadly, the Chicago Theater doesn’t allow much dancing room! Anne Clark moves with purpose. She is obscure and artistic and I loved the choreography. It was funny that they told us not to use our digital devices, but then she opens with Digital Witness and all of her moves are somewhat robotic. She would also incorporate some interpretive dance between songs. My personal favorite was her oddly moving down the pedestal/stairs backwards – I immediately turned to my bf and said, Birth In Reverse, and sure enough it was the next song!

I was impressed with the light show and how it perfectly synced with the guitar riffs and base lines. Every song ended with a FTB (Fade to Black), some were followed by an odd monologue, that slightly felt like a sermon with Anne’s sweet, soft and calming voice. Some words made you think on a scale much, much larger than just yourself, and some words were inspiring/motivating. I almost wanted to raise my hands and say “AMEN TO THAT!” I could see myself having intellectual conversations with Ms. Clark.

The show ended promptly at 10pm. The crowd cheered and roared for a solid 3 minutes, about 20% of the audience got up and started to leave, OH BUT WAIT – THERE’S MORE! Duh! There’s always an encore. They closed with Your Lips Are Red. I love this song because it comes in like a lion ready to pounce, and goes out like a lamb ready for a nap. Midway through the song, she made her way into the crowd, and some guy carried her back to the stage. Then another guy followed with the guitar. She did a little more interpretive dancing, and closed the show with the second half of Your Lips Are Red.

The crowd cheered, the band took their bows, and I left with astonishment. If you ever have a chance to see this band Live, do so – it’s better than just listening to their albums.

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