Lissie brought her musical talents to Fargo, ND for the first time Sunday night at the Sanctuary Event Center. The old church space set the tone perfectly for a night of soul filled music as she graced the stage with just her voice and guitar.
Opening up the night was duo Roscoe & Etta, consisting of Maia Sharp and Anna Schulze. This team of songwriters played beautifully off of one another. Their harmonizing was spot on and matched seamlessly with the simple acoustic guitar strumming. They were great with crowd interaction, providing humorous commentary in between songs, taking advantage of the extreme weather to relate to the Fargo audience.
There was a hardly noticeable transition as Lissie took her place in front of the mic stand. She greets everyone softly and swiftly begins to play the opening chords to ‘Hero’. Though her energy is calm when she speaks, she expels a boisterous power through her music. Lissie is nothing if not passionate when she performs, each song receiving the same amount of gusto as the one before. She plays with the effortlessness of one who is comfortable and seasoned, making it that much more enjoyable to watch her.
She played a handful of tracks from her latest release Castles, many of which take on a new vibe when played acoustically, along with the well known ‘Everywhere I Go’ and her cover of Fleetwood Mac’s 'Go Your Own Way’. The attendance was lower than I expected, and as I looked back on the empty seats behind me I wondered to myself why anyone would want to miss this. Seeing an artist strip it down is a novelty, as we often expect a massive production when we attend a concert. It was a treat for those present to experience Lissie in what I would say is her most true and real form.
Being as personable as she is, she kept it casual when not playing, making small notes about the next song or commenting on her excitement to be hanging out in Fargo. Those in attendance were all obvious fans and made it known when she mentioned returning in the near future.