Concert Conversations: Sylvan Esso at The Jefferson

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When I found out Sylvan Esso was coming to Charlottesville, I immediately bought my ticket and looked forward to the evening in anticipation. My expectations high, I entered The Jefferson Theater. Sometimes the ambiance and stage performance can fall flat when presented on stage when it comes to music that’s largely based on electronic beats and digitally manipulated noise. However, this show totally proved to me that this genre of music can and should be seen live.

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The performance was introduced with one of my favorite tracks “Could I Be”. The duo didn’t interact with the audience too much at the beginning, but it didn’t matter because it was apparent just how invested they were in their craft: Amelia Craft virtually flawlessly delivering her hypnotic vocals, Nick Sanborn glued to his synth and computer. Both synchronously moving to the electric beats that carry each of Sylvan Esso’s songs. The show became a dance party, as the audience felt the music along with Craft and Sanborn. They played a new song towards the end of their set, which forecasted good things in the future with the duo’s direction. My friend put it perfectly as we were exiting the venue: “that was one of the first concerts where the audience just seemed eager and excited to hear new music“. The pair kept the audience glued to their every movement from start to finish–satisfied, yet dying for more.

Earlier this month, I named Sylvan Esso’s self-titled album the top of 2014, and this show sets the bar high for the best live performance of 2015.

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Jan. 23 – New York, N.Y., Terminal 5
Jan. 31 – Quintana Roo, Mexico, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya (My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday)
Feb. 16 – Lille, France, La Peniche Du Pianiste
Feb. 18 – Strasbourg, France, La Laiterie
Feb. 19 – Feyzin, France, L’Epicerie Moderne
Feb. 21 – Berlin, Germany, Prince Charles
Feb. 22 – Munich, Germany, Milla Club
Feb. 23 – Frankfurt, Germany, Zoom
Feb. 24 – Cologne, Germany, Gebaude 9
Feb. 26 – London, United Kingdom, Scala
Feb. 28 – Amsterdam, Netherlands, Paradiso
March 2 – Hamburg, Germany, Mojo Club

March 12 – Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
March 13 – Columbus, Ohio, A & R Music Bar
March 14 – Chicago, Ill., Metro / Smart Bar
March 15 – Indianapolis, Ind., Deluxe
March 17 – St. Louis, Mo., Ready Room
March 18 – Des Moines, Iowa, Wooly’s
March 19 – Omaha, Neb., Slowdown
March 20 – Lawrence, Kan., The Bottleneck
March 21 – Englewood, Colo., Gothic Theatre
March 24 – Dallas, Texas, Granada Theater
March 25 – Houston, Texas, Fitzgerald’s
March 26 – New Orleans, La., Tipitina’s Uptown
March 27 – Tallahassee, Fla., Club Downunder
March 28 – Gainesville, Fla., High Dive
March 31 – Birmingham, Ala., WorkPlay Soundstage
April 1 – Nashville, Tenn., Cannery Ballroom
April 2 – Asheville, N.C., The Orange Peel
April 14 – Phoenix, Ariz., The Crescent Ballroom
April 24 – Portland, Ore., McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
April 25 – Vancouver, B.C., Commodore Ballroom


 

Photos by Liza Pittard // Graphic by Sarah Alberstein 

 

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