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Phoebe Ryan @ The Lincoln Theatre – February 15th 2020

Since the release of her first EP, Mine, in 2015, Pop Singer/Songwriter Phoebe Ryan has continued to hone her craft across a series of vibrantly infectious songs spread over a second EP and multiple singles.  Last year saw Ryan hit the tour trail opening for Carly Rae Jepsen, as well as releasing three more singles, including her most recent, the energetic nod to 2000’s girl-pop, “ICIMY”.

Now with her debut full-length album, How It Used To Feel, due this Spring, Phoebe Ryan has gone back out on the road.  We were able to catch her set last Saturday at a sold-out Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh NC as she opened for k-pop artist Eric Nam on the Before We Begin World Tour.

With the room already pushing towards capacity, and tension building, the lights dropped and the room filled with a throbbing electro-beat as Phoebe Ryan emerged from the darkness at the back of the stage and immediately launched into the vibrant crowd pleaser, “Mine”.  Wearing a shiny blue sequin jumpsuit, and flanked by a dazzling light display, Phoebe was truly a sight to behold as she danced, prowled, and spun her way around the stage. Next up was “Should I”, with its light girly vocals reminiscent of Nina Persson from the Cardigans.  The energy and connection between artist and audience continued to build with each subsequent song.  Despite being limited by an all too short 7 song set, Phoebe Ryan managed to deliver a joyous and empowering performance that culminated in an anthemic version of “ICIMY” that featured the crowd boisterously joining in on the “In Case I miss You!” refrain.

Opening the show for a wildly popular artist with a dedicated following can be a tough proposition.  Based on the rapturous reaction from the crowd at the end of her set, there was no doubt that Phoebe Ryan had conquered the challenge and turned some heads. 

Setlist:

  • Mine
  • Should I
  • Thousand Ways
  • Chronic
  • All We Know
  • Dark Side
  • ICIMY

Phoebe Ryan @ The Lincoln Theatre
Photos © Dan Kulpa // Clashdan Photography

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