In addition to writing stuff in my spare time for TORn, yours truly also reviews and photographs a lot of live music. Normally, the two hobbies don’t intersect, but on Saturday evening I caught rock-violinist Lindsey Stirling at The Powerhouse Theatre in Brisbane. I was able to both photograph and review the performance for a small Australian publication.
I figured a few of you might be fans of Stirling, having previously seen her extremely popular video medley of music from The Lord of the Rings soundtrack (it’s had some 13 million views, which is not too shabby). So here’s my review, and a selection of the best photos I took on the night. If this is your thing, enjoy!
Act: Lindsey Stirling
Venue: Brisbane Powerhouse
Date: August 24, 2013
There’s a long wait for rock-violinist Lindsey Stirling this evening at The Powerhouse — at least 15 minutes long, to be honest. For a touch over an hour, Kiwi DJ 1000 Ninjas labours manfully from a cubbyhole spot almost side-of-stage. In a club environment his chill-out grooves and odd samples would probably win a better reception, but this crowd is expecting action and movement, and that’s something beyond 1000 Ninjas’ scritchy-glitchy stillness tonight.
By contrast, Stirling is all movement. Over the course of an hour and twenty minutes she barely halts — whirling, twirling, jumping and pirouetting. Formal ballet it isn’t, still Stirling’s show is as much an act of dance as it is a musical performance. All with a carbon-fibre violin jammed under her left ear. And the capacity crowd — a peculiar mixture of young and old; gamers and geeks reflective of the diversity of her fanbase — laps it up.
It could all easily come off as a gimmick, yet Stirling’s undeniable chops on the fiddle allow her to deliver a set of engaging tunes high on verve while avoiding the cheese factor.
Many of the highlights flow from her self-titled long-player: Anti-gravity is a punchy and aggressive opener, the livewire drumming of Drew Steen lends bottom-end grunt to Electric Daisy Violin, while the lurching percussion and insistent see-sawing violin of Moon Trance make a strong contender for tune of the night.
A public service announcement for Chicago Ringers: The Two Towers will be shown on huge screens accompanied by a live orchestra playing the score at Ravinia in Highland Park, Illinois on August 15 at 7.30pm. (more…)
A public service announcement for Ringers in Virginia in the USA: The Fellowship of the Ring will be shown on huge screens accompanied by a live orchestra playing the score at The Filene Center at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA on September 6 and September 7. (more…)
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Ringer Amadine tells us that Billy Boyd’s alt-rock outfit Beecake are playing a fundraiser in support of the Scottish Association for Mental Health in Glasgow at the Art School on Saturday April 20, 2013.
If you’e in the vicinity, get along and support a worthy cause and catch some great music too!
Whew! After a party like that we all needed a couple of days’ rest! Fresh after their stunning performance at our special Hobbit Oscar night, THE ONE EXPECTED PARTY, the magical musical darlings known as Beecake will join us *live* on our chat show TORn TUESDAY in just a few minutes! We are very glad to have Billy Boyd, Billy Johnston, Paul Burke, and Rick Martin join us at the Meltdown Comics Vault, from where we broadcast our live streaming video show every Tuesday at 5pm Pacific Time. Hosted by your congenial M.C. and TORn Staffer Clifford ‘Quickbeam’ Broadway, you can participate with the live chat by coming into our Barliman’s Chat Room that is built-in to our Live Event Page here. Bring your questions and your mischeif! THE SHOW IS ABOUT TO BEGIN! You can follow the exploits of Billy and Beecake on Twitter @OfficialBeecake and follow Cliff @Quickbeam2000
So you’re in LA for The One Expected Party; you’re going to An Unexpected Art Show on Friday night; you’re spending Saturday afternoon at the pub with fellow fans, old friends and new; but come Saturday night, on ‘Oscars Eve’, you still want to party. Where are you going to go?
The answer is simple – warm up for Sunday’s party by going to see Beecake play at The Hotel Cafe! Billy Boyd and his band mates will be on stage at 11pm at the venue in Hollywood; details can be found, and tickets can be purchased, here. (Please note this event is 21+)
Then grab a few hours sleep before the big event on Sunday afternoon! See you there!
Ringer Karen wanted to share the news that lucky Aussies who live in or near Perth can now purchase tickets to screenings of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring with live music and chorus being presented by the Western Australian Symphony Orchestar (WASO) on June 21 and 22, 2013. From the WASO website: “Peter Jackson’s epic vision of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is supported by some of the greatest film music of all time. Howard Shore’s Academy Award®-winning score captures the film’s sweeping emotion, thrilling vistas and grand journeys through the power of a full symphony orchestra and massed voices.”
This year’s 2012 Dragon*Con Charity Auction will raise money for the Georgia chapter of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). Tolkien fan and former Dragon*Con Tolkien Track director Melissa “Fiver” Kern and her husband Chris at projectfiver are collecting decorated Converse Sneakers to sell at the auction.
How can you get involved? If you find an artist to decorate the sneakers, projectfiver will supply the sneakers! All the decorated sneakers will then be put up for sale at the 2012 Dragon*Con Charity Auction held on Sunday, September 2 2012.
There are some very exciting Lord of the Rings related live performance opportunities this summer to tide you over until “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” release later this year. In Ottawa, the NAC will be screening “The Fellowship of the Ring” and providing the musical soundtrack for 3 performances: July 5th, 6th and 7th. (Many thanks to Emanuel for that information!) Similarly, The Lord of the Rings in Concert has a few forthcoming dates in France, Australia and Chile. The Hobbit returns to The Maverick Theater in Fullerton, California. This imaginative production, reviewed here at Backstage.com, runs now until July 14th and is a must see. (Thank you Ringwinner for the heads up!) If you haven’t already caught Charlie Ross’s One Man Lord of the Rings you’ll have an opportunity as the show moves to Austin, Texas June 20th through 24th, Columbia, Maryland June 29th, San Jose, California July 24th through 29th and the exciting Fringe Festival in Edinburgh August 13th through 27th. Lastly, the popular musical Fellowship! closes at the Trepany House in Hollywood after the 11pm performance on Friday, June 29th.
From sydneysymphony.com: By popular demand – the second film from Peter Jackson’s trilogy, with its stunning orchestral score performed live on stage. In 2011 we presented The Fellowship of the Ring, the first film in Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy The Lord of the Rings. With the movie on the big screen and the orchestra performing Howard Shore’s music, the result made for some awesome hours in the concert hall. Then we were deluged! Faster than hordes of orcs storming Helm’s Deep, the emails flooded in. And the phone calls, the tweets and the Facebook posts. Everyone wanted to know when we’d be presenting the rest of the trilogy. So we’re delighted to announce Part II of The Lord of the Rings with two evening concerts and one matinee performance. Tickets
On today’s show, we release some new ‘Hobbit’ shooting locations, Warner Brothers Interactive says a LEGO ‘Hobbit’ videogame is in the works, a new episode of “4 Tanks and a Healer” is up, and if you’re on the west coast make sure to check out LOTR in Concert!
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