@ Chicago Theater. Dec 4.
Florence + The Machine with Laura Marling.
Certainly, the reason I decided to fly to Chicago from New York to specifically see the concert was Laura Marling. Not that I haven’t seen her live before (I have,5 times), it’s just that I have this weird addiction of following her around if it’s within a reasonable distance from NYC of course. Just kidding! Don’t get me wrong I love Florence Welch and ‘Ceremonials’ have really started to grow on me but I was really excited about this gig mostly because of Laura’s solo performance.
I said before that I love Laura+her guitar sans her band but this time it really felt like something was missing. I suppose that could’ve been the venue which was very seated and way too big which made the show a lot less intimate than it usually is. Besides, I have never been so far away from the stage. Her setlist included Flicker and Fail, Night After NIght and not so new song anymore ‘Pray for Me’. She talked about her addiction to Intellidensia Coffee (which is indeed delicious) and being stuck in the elevator with Ruth (de Turberville) her cello player/friend. It was still an amazing gig and I’m looking forward to seeing her on December, 11 in The McKittrick Hotel in NYC.
When Florence Welch took the stage in her red flowing gown it was clear Marling was just the supporting act. Needless to say Florence has a big voice and a band to match. Her setlist was mostly comprised of tunes from “Ceremonials” opening with “Only If For A Night” culminating with crowd pleasers “Shake It Out” and “What the Water Gave Me”. She was engaging and theatrical. At one point she introduced a fan who brought her a cookie basket and asked a crew member to fetch it from her dressing room to show to the crowd. The fan was ecstatic. Here you can read an entry from her blog… http://teafortessa.blogspot.com/2011/12/florence-machine-chicago-theatre.html . After the encore they did “No Light, No Light” which is my favorite tune from “Ceremonials” of the moment. It made my night and then… it was time go back to New York.