Fact: Shara Worden’s voice is amazing. My Brightest Diamond fans seated at the Old Post Office Plaza already knew that. For the uninitiated remainder (including myself), we picked up on that real quick.
Local songstress Beth Bombara was the opener for the evening, running through tracks from her Wish I Were You LP. Having seen and shot her a few times already through her other projects (Old Lights, Cassie Morgan and the Lonely Pine), I took a break from shooting after a few songs just to explore the Plaza environment while taking in her bluesy tunes.
The strange uniqueness of her performance can probably be summed up by also trying to describe her brightly colored cape of poofies:
–Kind of weird. Worden began the evening by donning a mask and circle-shaped gloves, looking like something out of Miyasaki’s Spirited Away and dashing off into the crowd, leaping and bringing a smile to everyone. A second mini-play happened mid-set with her character laying out three black sheets on the ground. I had no idea what that was about. (Leave a comment if you do!)
–Brightly mesmerizing. In the same way that the cape kept drawing my attention, my ears just kept tuned in. Soft and operatic, Worden’s voice took over the Plaza, even pulling in strangers walking by 9th and Locust.
–Boldly intimidating. I mean seriously, who’s going to mess with someone wearing that?! And despite her demure stature, the lady can still rock a mean electric and get down. Her bluesy rock moments were some of my favorites.
–Awesome. The same thing I said in my mind over and over that evening.
My Brightest Diamond’s performance concluded the Luminary Arts’ summer Post Performance series and was unfortunately the first one I’ve managed to get out to. Let’s hope this show leads to an even greater Post Performance series for Summer 2012.
-The Post Performance series also showcases visual artists by incorporating projects into the concert environment. Matt Strom (Union Tree Review) was the featured artist for the evening, turning an Xbox 360 and Kinect into movement-responsive visuals that accompanied the performers.
-The lack of a “backstage” at the Plaza was definitely different, especially noticing Shara putting on her costume outside of her minivan trunk just a few feet away. The removal of the mystique factor was probably offset by how accessible it was for fans to chat with her after the show.
-Without any front lighting, shooting was rough. The best option was to wait until she moved toward either side to play keyboard or guitar and then take advantage of the two back lights that would then light up her face.
-I was kind of hoping that she’d have copies of the new album for sale, but no luck. Instead I settled for a vinyl copy of A Thousand Shark’s Teeth to get signed.
-Yup, Bon Iver stopped by before their show at the Pageant. She’s that cool.