Friday night Lindsey Stirling and AJR came to Starland Ballroom. Scratch that; to an extremely sold out Starland Ballroom. The place was packed wall to wall and the crowd exploded when AJR took the stage to open the show.
Hailing from NYC, AJR is comprised of three brothers making music and making waves. Young brothers with catchy pop songs that have everyone singing along? It would be hard to not compare them to a certain other all brother pop group that was making a similar splash 20 or so years ago. And like those brothers before them, AJR relies on overlapping vocals and catchy electro-pop music. If you don't know who they are, check out this video which is closing in on 3 million views. Not bad guys, not bad at all.
The crowd had a lot of young girls there and it was clear that they were very familiar with the band. Judging by the screams, these guys are just getting started.
I was a little familiar with Lindsey Stirling from her collaborations with John Legend and Pentatonix but I had never really listened to her solo work. I knew she was talented but I don't think I was really aware of how good she was. I was surprised how packed the show was, but after she started playing, that surprise became astonishment. She was fantastic.
The stage consisted of a huge LED screen, one drummer and one keyboard player. She came out with her violin and quickly made use of every inch of that stage. She. Never. Stopped. Dancing. She made great use of her ballet background. Jumps, high kicks, twirls, all of it while never missing a beat with her violin. She has been called a 'dubstep, dancing violinist" and that is pretty accurate. Two backup dancers joined her at times, and they helped to really make it a fantastic show.
Every so often, I go to photograph a show not knowing what to expect, and I get more than I thought I would. Friday night was one of those shows. Both Lindsey and AJR are fantastic live and I left feeling fantastic about what I just saw. The tour is still going strong. If it's coming to your town, just go. You won't regret it.
Side Note: Yesterday Lindsey posted about losing her grandmother. We at Deadbolt Photos send our best wishes and thoughts your way. Losing a loved one is never an easy thing.