Photos & Words Courtesy of Emily May | April 11, 2018
On tour in support of her latest album Stranger In The Alps, Los Angeles indie pop musician Phoebe Bridgers made a stop recently in Louisville, Ky. Although fairly new to the scene, she has made a name for herself in a short span of time and developed a substantial and passionate fan base, as was evident from the packed venue!
As the lights dimmed, Bridgers and her band walked onto the stage to an eruption of claps and cheers. She and her band were sharply dressed, with her wearing a sparkly black dress, silver shimmery eye shadow, fishnet socks and black loafers, and her band wearing black suits with white dress shirts and black ties. The stage lights were incredibly dim, with most of the light coming from white Christmas lights that were wrapped around the mic stand and drum kit, lending a really intimate mood to the evening.
Starting her set with the song "Smoke Signals", Bridgers sang a nice mix of songs from her latest album and her 2015 EP, including "Funeral" "Motion Sickness", "Killer" and "Georgia". With an incredibly beautiful voice, simultaneously soft and powerful, Bridgers commanded the attention of the room during each song. Ending her set with "Scott Street", she and her band left the stage to a roar of applause, only to return moments later for an encore.
Starting the encore with her beautiful and moving cover of Mark Kozelek & Jimmy LaVelle's song "You Missed My Heart", the room was so silent you could have heard a pin drop. Bridgers is an incredibly expressive singer, and easily captivated the crowd during this song. You could feel the emotion pouring out of her, especially towards the end of the song as she sat on the stage and sang.
Telling the crowd she wasn't going to end the show on such a somber note, she ended the set with a fun cover of Sheryl Crow's "If It Makes You Happy", joking that, although she loved this song, she had conflicted feelings about Sheryl Crow because she had at one time been associated with Kid Rock.
With the show ending on a high note, the crowd was left buzzing from an incredible evening of music as they then crowded around the merch table! Nashville-based grunge-pop band Daddy Issues opened the show and got the crowd hyped for the evening!