It's not everyday you get a chance to see one of the most talented musicians in the industry today. Burlington, VT was treated to a special sold out up and close and personal show with Lindsey Stirling last night at the Flynn Center of the Arts. The result was an electrifying and emotional experience for everyone involved.
If you'e ever been to a Lindsey Stirling concert, you know that you are in for a treat, an unique concert experience that excels to a different level above most other touring groups. 'Who hasn't been to a Lindsey Stirling concert?" the violinist playfully asked the eager crowd last night in Burlington. Most of them raised their hands since the singer only played Vermont once before, and that was at Higher Ground over three years ago when she first began touring.
The show at the Flynn Center of the Arts was sold out this Wednesday night, which was a no surprise. The venue was the smallest venue the violinist would be playing on her current North American tour with a capacity of only around 1,400 people. The result was an extremely personal experience for Vermonters who would be seeing Sterling for the first time, as well as returning fans.
Lindsey Stirling came on stage to a roar of an applause that continued to get louder after every song. The crowd was surprisingly older folks, although there were a few die hard fans. Two younger folks from Montreal were extremely excited to see the violinist , and had the lucky opportunity meeting her shortly before the show for a V.I.P. experience.
The younger people at the show expecting a rave were treated to a very different concert experience. Although Stirling's music is dubstep and some of her shows tend to be on the wild side, this one in particular was more of a sit down, truly listening and watching experience for those who attended.
And of course, Stirling is one of the most enjoyable shows you can see today. Her concert is more visual then anything else with giant changing 3-D screens that transformed the Flynn into a movie like experience.
The 3-D imagery was simply beautiful and awe inspiring, helped by Stirling herself, who constantly changed to suit numerous songs during her performance.
Above all else, Lindsey and her band put everything they have into their performance. From the four extremely talented young female dancers surrounding Lindsey to her boys on guitar/keyboards and drums, these musicians are professionals and know how to make a truly magical experience. Even when Lindsey and her drummer did mess up on their instruments for a song, they were able to improvise the mistakes without anyone barely noticing.
One of the most obvious things and Sterling's show was how emotional it was, which is a bit surprising for someone who doesn't have any vocals for most of her songs.
"I know what it's like to deal with severe depression," Lindsey proclaimed teary eyed to the crowd. "But, I changed for the better, and I'm a completely different person now then I was on in my younger twenties."
Indeed she is because Lindsey Stirling can play the violin like no other. But that's just half the show-the other half, and maybe even the best half, is how she dances.
The 29 year old is an incredible dancer, and all the lessons she took while she was younger clearly paid off. The way she can dance and play the violin at the same time is something every music fan should see. It's as if the violin becomes a part of her and there is no way she is letting go of it anytime soon.
Another awesome thing about the Burlington concert was that Lindsey debuted several songs from her new album, 'Brave Enough', including the song she did for Disney's Pete's Dragon movie which is coming out in a few months.
Of course, the highlight of the night was when Lindsey played dance friendly tune 'Roundtable Rival', which transforms perfectly from YouTube video onto the stage.
The only negative thing about the concert was the extremely long lines at the entrance of the small venue as everyone tried getting inside at the same time, but this of course, wasn't Lindsey's fault.
It was also great to hear that one of her touring female dancers was from Burlington, VT herself.
The show Wednesday night was a great way to become part of the Lindsey Stirling family for new and old fans alike. Lindsey Stirling concerts in general are well worth going to. Anyone can tell she will only become more and more impressive as she continues her amazing music career.