Waldo Theater First Live Concert: Lydia Luce, July 15
WALDOBORO – The Waldo Theater (916 Main St) is hosting its first live music event, welcoming Lydia Luce to the stage on Thursday, July 15 at 7 p.m. The concert is also available online in real time via the live broadcast of The Waldo Technology.
Drawing on musical references ranging from her orchestral background to contemporary classical, roots, indie rock and jazz, Nashville-based artist Luce doesn’t limit herself to any singular genre.
Luce grew up in a strict musical household where her mother was a professional conductor for the Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra and learning the violin was not presented as a choice. A virtuoso from the age of six, she excelled in numerous philharmonic. She received her masters degree from UCLA in viola, but knew her path was not that of a professional classical musician.
“I’m grateful for my classical education and for being able to absorb a diverse education in music,” Luce says in a press release from the Waldo Theater. “In the end, everything brought me to this creative space from experiences that are uniquely my own.”
She studied ethnomusicology, performance and songwriting at Berklee, traveled and studied Ghanaian music, then worked for the world music label Smithsonian Folkways Records.
While she was preparing the album Dark River, Luce has made each song fit with his various influences and interests. It evokes the spirit of Judy Garland on Just the same and Rocks while Empty and Never been good find her taking on a more upbeat tone in songs about difficult emotions. Tangled love plays with percussion polyrhythms. He contemplates the complicated nature of a destructive relationship with the sophisticated, dreamlike vintage sound that will compare to the pop retroism of contemporaries, including Weyes Blood.
The Waldo keeps abreast of the CDC’s recommendations, advice and guidance regarding COVID-19 safety precautions. Vaccinated ticket holders can attend without masking. Masks are mandatory for unvaccinated spectators and volunteers.
Tickets cost $ 15 for in-person and virtual admission. Seating at the Waldo is limited to allow for distancing and advance ticket purchase is encouraged. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Visit https://waldotheater.org/pages/music