The Staves, in case you’re not familiar, are a sister trio from England. Mesmerizing melodies and heavenly vocals are two immediate characteristics of listening to the band, who have only released one album – Dead & Born & Grown.
Opener Musikanto put on a nice set of folk rock tunes and played a majority of tracks on his latest album. He is a very honest musician with a nice backing band, which kept the crowd itching for the closer on hold with a good performance. Nicely stringing together a set of solo or band tunes, Musikanto reminded me of the later years of The Replacements or far into Paul Westerberg’s solo career. The solos pulled off literally reminded me of every Replacements guitar solo. All in all, a very nice performance from an artist I hadn’t listened to.
And although this is one of my first “folk shows”, I did feel a nice intimacy all night with Musikanto’s performance. He was exuding himself to a crowd very well, for an artist under the radar. He’s no modern Bob Dylan or anything essential, but his set was a good set of personal tunes, even playing a Dylan-esque track about his mother.
The Staves came out and shyly started their song “Gone Tomorrow.” One guitar and three voices total, they seamlessly harmonized with each other – each one of them falling in and out of the glorious and incredibly shiny melody, brought on by ONE guitar. It’s overwhelming to just sit and take in all the vocals, and putting the guitar behind all of it is beyond explaining. There’s something magical about every second of the performance from all three of these ladies.
The entire show was a emotional and intimate experience, with a lot of hilarious little moments on stage – overall, the entire show was one of the most enjoyable this author has seen. Joking about the lack of a guitar tech, it allowed the band to make awkward conversation with the crowd – making accent jokes about us Oklahomans, talking about a fly being in one of their whiskey, and the various names of men. (blokes, dudes, lads, chaps, males, etc.) We were treated to an excellent night of primo-folky-entertainment.
The Staves’ “The Motherlode”
Standout performances of “Icarus” and “The Motherlode” followed, and the backing band came out. Playing two more tracks, the three sisters introduced a new song, known as “Roy.” It was a lot more intense and incendiary, compared to the usual tracks. It stuck out in memory as one of the best singular performances and was mystically enthralling. Hearing new music is always amazing, especially live, but this felt like something otherworldly within the moment.
The sisters kept up an incredible attitude and mood throughout, perfectly representing the way the tracks felt. Something about The Staves is that you feel the music from within, like it’s pulling at your heart or insides. A live performance only intensified this feeling. You felt the music, you didn’t just hear it. An especially amazing vocal performance from the sisters came with “In The Long Run,” where a nearly impossible vocal melody was delivered with ease.
The second half of the show maintained the same feel, consistency, and mood of the first half, and there’s not much to add about the entire show as a whole. One could use the same adjectives and descriptions to explain it all again, but The Staves, overall, were fantastic. From the start until their three song encore, they ruled the hearts and minds of all of the crowd. Huge response from the entire crowd throughout and at the end of the night echoes this se ntiment. We can expect to see these three again and again here in Tulsa, and for good reason – they’re unmissable.
Written by Dylan Tracy
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