Live Review: Lindsey Stirling + Walk Off The Earth @ Red Hat Amphitheater – August 8th 2023

Multi-talented violinist, dancer, and songwriter Lindsey Stirling recently embarked on a summer headlining tour across the US.  The tour follows last year’s holiday-themed “Snow Waltz” outing, but this time with no new music to support, Lindsey is focusing on her favorite songs that she enjoys playing live.  Last Tuesday, August 8th, she brought her dynamic performance to Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh North Carolina.

Juno Award-winning Canadian indie-pop outfit Walk off the Earth started the evening, taking the stage in the still bright sunshine.  Their set felt like a live mixtape.  They mixed genres, working in indie rock, anthemic pop, and even some country and hip-hop flavor.  They mixed lead singers, with multiple band members stepping up on vocals.  And, they mixed original songs like set opener “Red Hands,” with some catchy covers including a wildly enjoyable run through “Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus.  The mix was perfect for a warm summer night, and their highly energetic and well-received performance was the ideal opening course for what was to come.

With the crowd still buzzing over the Walk off the Earth and the sun having set, the stage was prepped, and the crowd was in for a stunning performance from Lindsey Stirling.  Lindsey’s signature violin playing, backed by a two-man band, including a keyboardist/guitarist and drummer, created a surprisingly full sound that swerved between styles and genres, mixing classical music with rock, pop, electronic music, and even a bit of hip-hop flair.  She started the evening with “Beyond The Veil,” and proceeded to play through a mix of favorites from across her catalog including “Artemis,” “Shatter Me,” and “Crystallize.”  She also added a classical song, Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue,” and even threw in a bit of Christmas in the summer with “Carol Of The Bells.” 

The setlist was spot on, but seeing Lindsey perform is soo much more than just the music.  She was backed by a talented group of dancers who accompanied her through most of the songs.  Lindsey didn’t just play the violin, she did it while dancing to some impressive choreography that touched on ballet and modern styles.  Throughout the entire performance she remained in constant motion.  As if music and dance was not enough, the performance added elements of gymnastics, comedy, and even a bit of magic, all backed by an impressively large stage set and well-designed lighting.  And in between songs at key moments there were even some seamless costume changes.

The link between audience and performer was electric, and throughout the evening Lindsey exhibited her charm and magnetic personality as she chatted with the crowd, and at one point even invited a contest winning fan on stage to perform with her during “The Upside.”  While fan performances can often be cringeworthy, that was not the case this time as the additional instrumentation added a special nuance to the song and performance.

The crowd, that had been alternating between quietly attentive and wildly cheering were on their feet for the encore that consisted of “Love Goes On,” followed by a cover of Led Zepplin’s “Kashmir” that brought down the house.  It was a fantastic evening that left the audience thoroughly entertained.  A Lindsey Stirling performance transcends the average concert. It is a full-blown production that needs to be experienced live.  

Lindsey Stirling + Walk Off The Earth @ Red Hat Amphitheater
Photos © Dan Kulpa // Clashdan Photography // @clashdan

  1. Oh hey, i was that winner to perform with her! I appreciate the kind words, it was definitely an experience I will never forget!

  2. Stephanie, Normally I cringe at fans coming on stage to perform, but you truly were excellent. You added to the song and from my view looked like you were having fun. Well done!!

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