(I got the idea for this series while sifting through the ‘piles’ of digital photos on my laptop. It occurred to me to share some of these great pics from some of my favourite concert sets from time to time. Until I get around to the next one, I invite you to peruse my ever-growing list of concerts page.)
Artist: Lucy Dacus
When: July 14th, 2022
Where: SiriusXM stage, Ottawa Bluesfest, Lebreton Flats Park
Context: After more than two years of moaning and groaning about missing live music during the pandemic, I finally got out to see some live music in 2022. I played it safe and kept to outdoor concerts, many of the sets coming care of a festival pass I had purchased early in 2020, before everything went to hell. I’ve already posted about my other three favourite sets of the year (The Strumbellas, Crash Test Dummies, and The New Pornographers) and here is a fourth, this one a bit of a surprise. I’d enjoyed the last few releases by indie pop singer/songwriter Lucy Dacus but I wasn’t quite prepared for how entertaining she would be. She was quirky and fun from the get-go, and her band of usual suspect collaborators were tight. Three quarters of the set pleased the fans (yes, including me) of her aforementioned last two records and she pulled out her cover of Springsteen’s “Dancer in the dark” to give those new to her music something to chew on. Just looking at these photos has got me hoping I’ll get out to some more shows next year.
Point of reference song: “Hot & heavy”