TVD Live Shots: Lucius
at the Columbus Theater, Providence, 3/17

Lucius played a sold out show at the Columbus Theatre in Providence, RI Saturday night. Originally a space for vaudeville and silent films, the recently renovated theatre is now host to today’s inspired musicmakers, such as Lucius. Led by voices of the wigged wonders, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, the show featured fan favorites such as “Go Home,” “Tempest,” and even a few special covers including “Right Down the Line,” a Gerry Rafferty hit.

Laessig shared that it is through the power of collaboration and coming together with not only the band, but with the audience, that has made something so positive and greater than themselves. “That’s what we do everyday when we sing together, we create a third voice that’s it’s own thing and we write songs that are two hearts and two minds giving plenty of perspective to each other,” she said.

Wolfe added that in their 13 year-long journey of working together as a band, their consistent hope is that whether listeners need hope, humor, or something bittersweet, that they bring that home with them and turn it into something positive.

“Our greatest hope and dream is that you will take something from this moment that we are all sharing, whatever it is that you need to take from this, to go out into your everyday lives and pay it forward to something positive to your neighbor or someone you are passing on the street. That’s what we need. It’s a crazy time right now and as trite and repetitive as it might sound, we need love and we need joy,” said Wolfe.

Lucius unveiled a 10 track acoustic album, NUDES, earlier this month on Mom + Pop Music. Recorded in collaboration with Electric Lady Studios, the release coincided with a highly anticipated acoustic tour which kicked off with three sold out nights at Los Angeles’ Largo Theater. The intimate NUDES tour is continuing to make its way around the country, including sold out stops in Boulder, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and New York’s Town Hall on March 22, before ending at Big Ears Festival.

NUDES follows Lucius’ previous albums Wildewoman (2013) and Good Grief (2016), which built the band a solid fanbase and elicited praise from critics around the world, including The Times of London, who praised their “sunshine-drenched pop” and “vocal harmonies carrying songs rich in melody.” Most recently in 2017, the band contributed the song “Million Dollar Secret” (a version of which is included on NUDES) to one of the last episodes of the HBO show Girls and scored the soundtrack to the film Band Aid.

Lucius has drawn acclaim for powerful songs showcasing taut hooks, along with their mesmerizing stage presence and bold visual aesthetics. The band have sold out shows, headlined theaters throughout the US and Europe and collaborated with a variety of musicians including The War On Drugs, John Legend, Roger Waters, Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, Nathaniel Rateliff, Lukas Nelson, and David Byrne.

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