Sufjan Stevens + Cold Specks

12 April 2015 - Hartford, CT (Photos)

by Sachyn Mital

22 April 2015

Sufjan Stevens' Carrie and Lowell tour presents some of his most personal stories in a special, intimate performance.
 

PopMatters writer Jordan Blum caught one of the first stops (in Philadelphia) of Sufjan Stevens tour in support of his 2015 release Carrie and Lowell and covered it for this site. The review from Philadelphia is up here, but we also caught Stevens and opener Cold Specks (supporting her new album Neuroplasticity in Hartford, his first performance in Connecticut, for the fourth night of his tour. Blum wrote, “Not only does his catalog contain some of the most personal, unique, varied, and overall magnificent music of the last 20 years, but the visual accompaniments within the live setting elevate the performance into grippingly tender yet colorful art.”, which should encourage you to go out and catch Stevens while you can. His upcoming tour dates, photos and a couple illicit videos from Hartford are below.
  
Cold Specks:

Sufjan Stevens:

Sufjan Stevens setlist:
Redford
Death with Dignity
Should Have Known Better
Drawn to the Blood
All of Me Wants All of You
Eugene
John My Beloved
The Only Thing
Fourth of July
No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross
Carrie & Lowell
The Owl and the Tanager
For the Widows in Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti
The Dress Looks Nice on You
To Be Alone with You
Blue Bucket of Gold
[encore break]
Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois
John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
Chicago

Sufjan Stevens tour dates:
April 21   Kansas City, MO   Midland Theater
April 22   Minneapolis, MN       Northrop Auditorium
April 23     Milwaukee, WI   Riverside Theater
April 24       Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
April 25       Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
April 27       Detroit, MI Masonic Temple
April 28   Grand Rapids, MI Covenant Fine Arts Center
April 29       Toronto, ON     Massey Hall
April 30     Montreal, QC     Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier / Place Des Artes
May 1       Brooklyn, NY   Kings Theatre
May 2       Brooklyn, NY   Kings Theatre
May 4         Boston, MACiti Performing Arts Center – Wang Theatre
May 5     Washington, D.C.    DAR Constitution Hall
May 6       Richmond, VA   Altria Theater
May 7         Durham, NCDurham Performing Arts Center
May 9     New Orleans, LASaenger Theatre
May 10       Dallas, TX Majestic Theatre
May 11       Houston, TX Jones Hall for the Performing Arts
May 12       Austin, TX Bass Concert Hall
May 13       Austin, TX Bass Concert Hall
June 2       San Diego, CA     Copley Symphony Hall
June 3     Los Angeles, CADorothy Chandler Pavilion
June 4     Los Angeles, CADorothy Chandler Pavilion
June 5         Oakland, CA   Fox Theater
June 6         Oakland, CA   Fox Theater
June 8       Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
June 9       Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre
June 10       Seattle, WA       The Paramount Theatre
June 11       Seattle, WA       The Paramount Theatre
July 17-18 Eaux Claires Festival   Eau Claire, WI

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CT-based booking and promotions company Manic Productions brought their home state the gift of Stevens performance. They are also involved in the booking of the newly restored New Haven Palace Theatre (now dubbed College Street Music Hall, where Polaris, The Decemberists, Reel Big Fish, Neon Trees and more will perform before the end of summer.

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