Phoebe Bridgers’ Independent Artist Persona Shines Bright At This Ain’t No Picnic Thoughts+Photos: Phoebe Bridgers at This Ain't No Picnic 8/28/22
LOS ANGELES, CA-
“…Phoebe Bridgers is the queen of LA’s indie scene. That fact was never more apparent than it was at This Ain’t No Picnic. Part of Bridger’s appeal is her humor, which was on full display at the opening of her show, which winked and nudged at the idea of opening a heavy metal show with ripped letters spelling out Phoebe Bridgers and “Down with the Sickness” by Disturbed playing out over the crowd as she and her band walked onto the stage. They countered their intro by launching into a concert version of Motion Sickness, Bridger’s most popular breakout song.
Wearing a black bejeweled dress version of her skeleton outfit from the year before, Bridgers was showing that she had clearly grown into the more mature version of her independent artist persona. Yet, a youthful playfulness still showed through as she ran throughout the tech booths and along the crowd barrier getting the people around her to sing along with “Scott Street.” Elated fans that had been waiting hours (and who had braved the hardcore bands that preceded Bridgers), squeaked out their excited version of the song, bewildered at the opportunity.
I remember when Bridger’s star had begun to rise a few years earlier. I had seen her at a behind-the-bar venue in Louisville Kentucky, playing to a crowd of about 30-40. Seeing the transformation just a few years earlier, and in the neighborhood, she’d grown up in no less, was a pleasant transformation to behold. “I learned how to drive in this parking lot,” Bridger’s said midway through the show. “In fact, I grew up only 8-minutes from here…”
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