Concert Review: Kacey Musgraves and Soccer Mommy at the Paramount

On February 19, we headed down to Seattle’s Paramount Theater to catch the much anticipated concert of country sweetheart Kacey Musgraves. The show was sold out and it was taking place at an exciting time, right after her latest record, Golden Hour, won four Grammy Awards. Musgraves has seen her career take off in rocket high acceleration speed in the last few years and it feels well deserved after catching her perform.

The night kicked off with an incredible set by Soccer Mommy, the project of Sophie Allison. The indie artist released her debut record, Clean, last year which has received great reviews. Getting to catch her band live was a great way to start the night off as they captivated and impressed all the people in the packed room.

The headlining country star took the stage shortly after nine and as the lights shined on her standing in the back of the stage, people expressed their adoration. The Oh What a World Tour kicked off with “Slow Burn,” “Wonder Woman,” and “Butterflies,” as she stepped to the front of the stage. She was full of positive energy and passed that on to her fans from the start, inspiring them to get up from their seats and stand the whole way through.

As the lights changed colors and the background curtain parted, the shape of three paper fans appeared on stage echoing the album cover of her latest record. She stopped and thanked the audience and informed them that they were going to have a good time and that it’s been a crazy week for them but she was extremely grateful for everything. Her whole band was wearing blue suits with sparked glitter shoes, as she stood out with a white sparkle dress illuminating the room.

The most exciting part of the show, besides the charisma of Musgraves, was the surprise wedding proposal during “Oh, What A World,” which took place in the first row. As the guy got down on one knee, Musgraves narrated what was happening to the rest of the crowd and stopped to congratulate them after as everyone cheered them on. Don’t see that every time I’m at a show and the girl did say yes as that would’ve been a little awkward to witness.

Musgraves took the time to introduce her band starting with the state they were from and before her final song we were surprised again. She went on to play a cover of NSync‘s, “Tearing Up My Heart,” and Soccer Mommy joined in on that with some coordinated dance moves that everyone enjoyed. The main set ended with a heartfelt, “Follow Your Arrow,” as fans swayed back and forth singing along.

The band came back and finished off with more upbeat tunes, “Rainbow,” and “High Horse,” making everyone dance as the lights brightened up everyone’s spirit. Large inflatable balloon balls were released towards the end and the night ended in delight. Musgraves perfectly demonstrated why she’s on top of the industry right now as she amplified and solidified so many emotions throughout the night. She reaches many more people than her designated “genre” and she showcases that skill at every show she puts on.

Check out more photos from the show HERE.

Sophia Barkalakis

Music is probably the most important part of her life. Sophia is constantly searching for new material, old and new. Always looking forward to the next live show she can attend, ready to immerse herself in the sound. "There is something so magical about attending a live show that you cannot possibly feel from a recording itself that makes it worth going to", she says. She also says she's lucky to be able to combine her passion for music with her obsession of capturing moments. She finds that being able to look at a photograph and be transported to that second of your life is indescribable and she's so grateful for all those great moments.

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