Sunday, March 24, 2013

A Night At The Vic With Lindsey Stirling

Had a grand time, back on the ninth of March, when I went to see Lindsey Stirling over at the Vic Theatre on the north side of Chicago. I wasn't sure what precisely to expect, since the first and only other concert I've been to was TSO's Christmas special a few years back.

I came into the city early, since I have a tendency to develop some paranoia when I'm traveling in an area I don't frequent, though I've been to Belmont previously for the Pride Parade. I left Oglivie around 4, arrived at the Vic around 4:30, and there was already a line. Well, two actually. The VIP ticket line had two or three dozen already waiting, and the regular ticket line had maybe a dozen. I hadn't paid for VIP, so I can't give a review on that service.

Doors were scheduled to open at 6:30, and they did right on time. The Vic was still fairly empty, even the front-most of the five-tiers of standing-room-only was less than half-full. House music was playing, and I opted for the second-tier, knowing it would just get louder.

The show was scheduled to start at 7 or 7:30 (I saw both times when looking up the concert and buying my tickets), but the opening group didn't start until about 7:45, and ran until 8. I have no idea who they were, but they behaved like DJs: three guys, one with a soundboard, all three with laptops, mixing. Bass was heavy, and I was glad I wasn't on the bottom tier, but I wasn't satisfied by their performance  If I'd wanted to see guys rocking out on their laptops, I would have stayed at home and gone to one of the local colleges. The theatre finished filling up as they played, and was packed by the time they were done.

They tore their gear down from 8 to ten-after, and then the stage was mostly empty until just before 8:30. Lindsey stepped out just after 8:30. She left stage twice for outfit-changes, and once more before she was called out for an encore. The show ended just before 10.

I've seen other folks posting about Lindsey visiting with her fans, especially the non-VIP-ticket-holders, after the show, but I decided not to hang out.

It was definitely a great concert (though I have little to compare it to), and would definitely go again. Maybe not the next one, but definitely the one after. I'd also probably stay after the next time and see.