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LIVE: Re:SET Nashville – June 23-25, 2023

Venue: Nashville Centennial Park

City: Nashville, TN

Date: June 23-25, 2023

Review and Photographs by: Jacob Smith (www.jhs-photo.com)

Day 1 — Park shows are always fun to attend. The extra space for people to dance and stretch out is always key in a 6 hour concert. First act of the day was L’Rain. They performed for around 30 minutes playing a very avant-garde infused set. The crowd was small only due to the fact doors had only opened for the event an hour before. My only complaint about their set is that they should have played longer. Second set for the day was the band Idles. Hitting the stage all dressed in sun-dresses the band made it a point to rock everyone’s socks off. Highly energetic and entertaining. The Idles played a thirteen song set with several crowd surfing moments and a highly entertaining medley of “Jolene/Nothing Compares 2 U/ Without You/ All I Want for Christmas Is You.” The second half of the evening started with a 1 hour set by DJ Jamie XX. He set the mood for the rest of the evening just getting the crowd amped up and ready for LCD Soundsystem. Playing a 14 song set they did not disappoint.  The entire crowd was dancing and singing along with every song. The stimulation by this performance was more than I had hoped for. The closing song for the set was “All My Friends” and the place was electric with excitement. They played to the crowd with numerous brief moments to talk and interact with everyone. Closing out the evening they left all patrons with a high point of the night.

Day 2 — The day began with a very energized performance by artist Fousheé wearing all leather on stage. Fully energized performing in front of a mirror wall and playing to the crowd she set the tone for the rest of the day. Toro Y Moi came on next and put out a 45 minute chill session. After they were done James Blake came to stage. The crowd was enthused and ready for the main act by the time he left the stage. Headliner for the evening was Steve Lacy. The backing band all came onto stage wearing all black and were recessed from the front of the stage and clouded in haze. They wheeled out two massive video monitors and then Steve appeared. They closed the video monitors behind him and with Prince vibes he began performing with guitar singing. Visually the performance was insanely good. Everyone in attendance was galvanized by the electric vibes he was putting out on stage.

Day 3 — I got to the venue on time for gates to be opened and was curious as to why so many people were already there. By the time I was making it through security Bartees Strange had already begun performing. Apparently the schedule had been shifted earlier by an hour to try and beat out a storm front that was heading towards Nashville. From what I was able to catch of their performance they were really good. The temperature on Sunday was beyond very enjoyable but everybody there was still enjoying themselves. Next up for the day was Dijon. They played a 45 minute set with nice chill vibes. Clairo was on after them. This was their final tour for their most recent album. Playing for an hour the crowd was singing along and fully engaged with the band. The last act for the day was boygenius. They came onto the stage in drag instead of their normal suits in protest to a recently passed Tennessee bill that banned drag performing. They played for an hour and a half and the stage performance was beyond what I was expecting. During one point they announced their drag names for the day. Phoebe Bridgers was Queef Urban, Lucy Dacus was Lucille Balls, and Julien Baker was Shenida Tums. Boygenius had Bartees Strange jump in for the encore. After their final encore number they called out everyone’s zodiac signs with a thankyou.

Wonderfully chill end to a high energy weekend. The concert series itself I felt was beyond genius with its concept and execution. Over 1 month/4 weekends; they hit 12 cities with each day’s acts playing a different city and then flip-flopping days. Great vendors and the staff were especially friendly. The stage setup was nice and the lighting was perfect. No bad seat or standing area in the entire venue. I would highly recommend anyone interested in going to one of these concert series to do it.

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Category: Live Reviews, Photo Galleries

About the Author ()

ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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