Out And About: Lights At The Stone Pony
    • WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 05, 2014

    • Posted by: Mark Brown

    You know the saying, "good things come in small packages?" Well I would like to officially change that to "great and amazing things come in small packages." That's how I would describe Canadian musician/singer-songwriter, Lights. Touring in support of her third album, Little Machines, Lights' (formerly Valerie Poxleitner) performance at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ on Halloween was anything but a small package.

    Taking the stage, the mostly female audience in their best Halloween costumes instantly started singing along to "Muscle Memory" followed by "Toes" and "How We Do It."

    The band was decked out in their best Halloween outfits as well, the drummer in a bear costume and the guitarist and keyboard player in soccer uniforms, I can't tell if Lights was actually wearing a costume, but she did have a red cape on, so maybe that's something. Throughout the show Lights connected with the audience in a way I have never seen a performer engage. At one point, an inflatable penis was thrown onstage, to which she responded, "Sometimes in life you have to act like you're 8-years-old and if you're 8-years-old, then you act a little older. I like being 8-years-old."

    From there, it was only fitting (with an inflatable penis on stage) she jumped on a quitar, launching into her song, Running with the Boys, which possesses such catchy, head bobbing beats, it reminded me of something Katy Perry might pull off. Following loud screams of, "We love you Lights!"
    a string of songs that show Lights range as a talented little package.

    After a brief intermission the encore started with her number one song to date, "Up We Go," which is exactly what I came to hear. When played live, the audience sang along with such an intensity that nobody cared what it sounded like, especially since they were louder then she was.

    So in a nutshell, great things come in small packages. Lights kept telling the audience she had a, "Very shitty day, but this show was making it all worth it." I have found someone new I like listening to more and more each time I play Little Machines. Her performance live is not-to-miss because pretty soon your will be paying big money to hear her live. She brings a great live performance, has a great band behind her, can play a wide range of instruments, and a voice so consuming you truly want to act like an 8-year-old.

    Photos: B51 Photography

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