Lucy Dacus captures Philadelphia’s gay community

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Lucy Dacus’ performance at Franklin Music Hall on September 29 was an entertaining experience. It was the first show of the tour and that made the performance even more special. Dacus’ live performance reached the same level of talent displayed in his records.

This show was a rescheduled date from the original concert that fell apart at the Mann Center. The rain would have ruined much of the group’s equipment.

Before Dacus took the stage, a band called Crooks and Nannies opened the set. Their stage presence was alluring and the overall feeling was light and fun. The voice of the lead singers was unique. Also, I really enjoyed having the drummer sing a few songs. I loved Crooks and Nannies so much that I went back to the merchandising table on my way out because I just had to get a t-shirt.

I’ve added Crooks and Nannies to my reading list and highly recommend you check them out. With less than 1,000 Instagram followers (underrated in my opinion), they’re a promising act to watch – but you wouldn’t know that based on their comfort level and the quality of their discography.

Dacus took the stage after what felt like a very long intermission. One thing that created excitement and had the crowd “wow” over and over again was a projected compilation of home music videos that played over and over until the band was ready to perform. These were Dacus’ wholesome clips of her as a newborn up to what it looked like a few years ago. It was a nice way to start the show and added to the theme of his “Home Video” album.

That being said, most of the songs she played were from her latest album, as expected. However, she played some unexpected songs and even accepted two crowd requests, which I thought was very thoughtful.

There were many memorable moments throughout the night. “Addictions” obviously led to super high energy from the crowd due to its popularity and it was super fun. It was easy to hear everyone shouting and singing which is always a highlight.

Some of my favorite songs played: such as ‘VBS’, ‘Yours and Mine’ and ‘Brando’, which I really enjoyed for obvious reasons. Next, Dacus played “Thumbs,” which left everyone in an emotional wreck, but she lifted us all up when she sang a long session on “Going, Going, Gone.” It was a good break after the emotions were running high.

The next song, I didn’t expect it at all, but it made me so happy. I think I jumped up and down and screamed once I realized what it was. Dacus played one of my all time favorite songs “I don’t wanna be funny anymore” and I loved every second of it.

Towards the end of the show, Dacus asked the crowd “Is anyone here gay?” and the majority of the crowd’s hand shot in the air (myself included of course). She went on to say “I asked the same question in Europe and hardly anyone raised their hand and I was wondering where all those gay people were…I guess they were all in Philadelphia.”

She continued by performing “Kissing Lessons” where all the gay fans sang their hearts out. It was an experience like no other. The song’s music video was also projected above her, which only added to the mood.

Finally, Dacus played the song we’ve all been waiting for “Night Shift”. I can’t physically say how amazing it was. The crowd danced, jumped and shouted. There was such energy even though the song is tragic. Dacus had announced that it was the last song and she left the stage.

She didn’t cheat on anyone because we all knew she would be back for an encore. She returned for two more songs. The first was a cover of “Home Again”, originally by Carole King.

Towards the end of the concert, Dacus played an unreleased song. She asked everyone not to record and said “If you see anyone trying to record, then physical assault is allowed”, joking, of course. It was an intimate moment between Dacus and the crowd. He allowed everyone to simply be present without distractions. The song was also amazing and might even be my favorite Lucy Dacus song. I can’t wait for it to come out.

SETLIST

Triple dog challenge

First time

Christina

Dependencies

hot and heavy

VBS

yours and mine

Partner in crime

brando

Fool’s Gold

inch

Leaving Leaving

I don’t wanna be funny anymore

kissing lessons

night patrol

BIS

Back at home (Carole King cover)

Unreleased song

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