Over the weekend, I got to check out Lilith Fair, which I always thought was a really cool concept but never had the chance to see live. Lilith Fair is a tour that was started by singer Sarah McLachlen, and it's all about girl power and celebrating female performers.
A few of the singers and acts who performed at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ, on July 30 have been around for a while, and they're pretty iconic names in the singer/songwriter scene, including Cat Power, Suzanne Vega, and one of my personal faves, the Indigo Girls. I've wanted to see Indigo Girls perform since I first heard them when I was a camper over 10 years ago, so hearing "Galileo" live was incredible and seeing Sarah McLachlen, Sara Bareilles, Missy Higgins, and Jill Hennessy join the Indigo Girls for their hit "Closer To Fine" was definitely memorable.
But there are two singers who are a bit newer to the scene who I think you guys will really like. The first is Priscilla Renea, a singer from Georgia who hit the Lilith Fair stage in bright orange ripped leggings and sporting neon green nail polish -- totally my kind of girl. Priscilla commanded the stage, performing a cover of Dionne Farris' classic sing "I Know What You're Doing" and finishing the show with her single about not wanting to be a picture perfect Barbie doll called "Dollhouse."
The second gal may have bee on your radar before -- Sara Bareilles. Sara was the first act to hit the main stage, and she opened with her huge hit from a couple of years ago, "Love Story." The tune definitely got the crowd going, and tons of fans rushed down to watch her perform. I clapped along to her new single, "King Of Anything," and sang the chorus at the top of my lungs -- I apologize now to everyone who was sitting in my row. But the best part of the night? Sara's cover of BeyoncÃ©'s "Single Ladies," which she put a totally jazzy spin on. After the set, I got to hang out with Sara backstage, and she filled me in on her upcoming album, Kaleidoscope Heart and we chatted about our love for the Indigo Girls, Jeff Buckley, and yep, even the Jonas Brothers. Stay tuned for a q&a with Sara that will be coming your way shortly!
All in all it was a pretty amazing day of music and really, can you ever go wrong with girl power?
Have you checked out Lilith Fair this year? Let me know!
Emily Krauser, J-14 editor