Review: The “Stars Align” for Violin Star Lindsey Stirling at Club Nokia

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Behind a backdrop, a tall shadow emerged, and the distinctive sound of the electric violin reverberated through Club Nokia to a roar from the crowd. When the bass dropped, electric dub-step violinist Lindsey Stirling, 27, appeared amidst the flashing lights and fog with her trademark twirling and dancing across the stage as she had the audience enraptured with her 90-minute headlining performance on Thursday night in Los Angeles.

“I happen to believe that every single person in this room is sexy,” Stiring told the crowd during her sold out show. “Every single person in this room has flare and charisma, and I have found that the most attractive quality that a person can have is confidence.”

These two lines captured Stirling’s performance in a nutshell: Her confidence and stage presence show why she has been drawing so much attention from listeners all around the world and has achieved breakthrough success with her astounding instrumental skills in recent years.

Arizona raised, Stirling’s recent work – starting with being a quarter-finalist on “America’s Got Talent” in 2010 to her second album, Shatter Me, debuting at No. 2 on iTunes and selling 56,000 albums in its first week – has made waves in the music world.

“I seriously love Los Angeles, there is a magical energy here … I feel like you guys are all my friends, so thank you so much for being here tonight. You shared my videos, supported me and believed in me. I would not be here today, because nobody believed in me until you guys did,” she told the crowd that cheered even louder, showing its appreciation and support for the violin superstar.

Stirling’s performance held a wide range of wardrobe and backdrop changes. She performed her most popular songs, and each was met with cheers. “Crystallize,” “Beyond the Veil,” “Elements,” “Spontaneous Me” and a “Legend of Zelda” medley were among the many she played. Flawlessly playing both classical and electric violin, Stirling was often joined by two dancers who performed choreographed routines while she wove her way through them, gliding effortlessly across the stage.

She also played a song from Shatter Me called “Take Flight.”

“This next song is one of the most meaningful to me,” she said somberly. “It was written about the same time that one of my fans, a young boy in elementary school, was being bullied so bad that he couldn’t take it anymore and tried to commit suicide. The song is for everyone who has struggled with depression and feeling like there is no way out. There are always people to love and support them in times of need.”

Dia Frampton and her group Archis,featuring the singer-songwriter and her sister Meg Frampton, performed a 30-minute set to begin the night. Later, Stirling’s highly charming attitude and huge smile, coupled with wild twirls and dancing across the stage, had the audience calling for an encore after the show concluded. She didn’t disappoint her fans, playing an additional song, “Stars Align.” The L.A. crowd showed its appreciation with a standing ovation at the end of the performance for a very talented and dedicated individual.

Dougal Brownlie is a Contributing Writer for Living Out Loud - LA, covering lifestyle, entertainment and sports. Follow him on Twitter: @DougalBrownlie
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