Mitski’s Solo Beautiful Places Tour Stops Through Savannah

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Inside the glimmering interior of the El Rocko Lounge, you could feel the excitement and reverence over the crowd. Everyone knew what they were there for, and they knew it was special.

Fans familiar with Mitski know how big she’s been getting over the past year. She recently got off a tour with Run the Jewels and Lorde, selling out arenas across the country, making her appearance at this small lounge bar all the more special.

Opening up for Mitski were Hunter Park, the solo project of Charleston folk-rock band She Returns From War‘s frontwoman, and Brooklyn indie-rock singer/songwriter Katie Von Schleicher. Both brought their own brand of deeply personal, emotional, and lyrical music, drawing in the crowd.

The sold-out crowd filled the small space at El Rocko Lounge. You could hear everyone’s urge to sing along. But it hardly went past soft hums, as if everyone had agreed that this was a special moment to be preserved, uninterrupted by any unnecessary noise. The crowd did raise their voice for some of the favorites, though. After “Your Best American Girl” Mitski beckoned us saying, “you can karaoke.” Giggles and smiles popped up across the room.

Right behind the low stage was a large glass window with downtown Savannah on the other side. Looking through it that night, you might have seen horse and carriage tours going by or a bachelorette party heading to the next bar, reminding us inside of our ordinary setting, but simultaneously adding to the magic of it all.

Mitski played each song on a deep blue-green acoustic guitar. Many of her recordings feature a whole band’s worth of instruments and sounds, and she’s often seen switching between guitar, bass, and keys when playing live. But no one was complaining about the stripped down set. There wasn’t any sense that anything was missing.

Mitski will be back on tour this August. Her new album Be the Cowboy comes out August 17 via Dead Oceans.

Watch the music video for Mitski’s “Geyser” below.

Check out more from She Returns from War:

See more of Katie Von Schleicher:

all photos by Bradley Tilka
Bradley Tilka

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