Kacey Musgraves gives Fillmore audience Butterflies

Emily Buttitta, Senior Staff Writer

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Lauren Duncan | Senior Staff Photographer

Kacey Musgraves led a loud and reverent sing-a-long for fans bedecked in light-up cowboy hats, white go-go boots and butterfly clips at the Fillmore last Friday night. The gateway drug for country music naysayers everywhere serenaded the theater with songs from her latest, Grammy-winning album “Golden Hour” as well as older songs and covers of beloved hits like Brooks & Dunn’s “Neon Moon” while on her Oh, What a World: Tour II.

The set was opened by up-and-coming country-soul artist Yola. The UK native opened with sultry “Lonely the Night,” surprising audiences with a depth of vocal range that commanded attention. Other songs from her debut album “Walk Through Fire” were featured as well as a crowd-pleasing rendition of Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”

Though this singer-songwriter is not technically American, her music possesses a joy and a ‘70s, almost ABBA-like, nostalgia that sets her apart from popular americana.

Dressed in a simple lilac blazer dress with huge, sparkling accessories adding a signature hint of camp, the “girl from Golden” made a simple entrance onto a simple set and immediately dove into ”Slow Burn.” The crowd filled the small theater with their voices and did not stop until the lights went up. 

Lauren Duncan | Senior Staff Photographer

Musgraves brought her charm and multifaceted aesthetic as well as her unparalleled talent to the stage. Her set oscillated between anime and vintage ‘80s graphics emblazoned on a screen behind her for hits like “Butterflies” to a stripped down, intimate circle of strings instruments for acoustic versions of deeper cuts like “Family is Family” and “Mother.”

One highlight of the night was when Yola joined Musgraves onstage for a cover of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.” The result of their collaboration was a medley of each artist’s interpretations of country through the influences of gospel, pop and other genres, and the crowd ate it up.

Closing the night with a bang, Musgraves belted out her pop-country crossover classic ”High Horse” with a demand that everyone jump, and jump we did. Though her show didn’t offer jaw-dropping costume changes or amazing drag queen appearances, it was pure bliss. Concertgoers undoubtedly left feeling happy and sad, at the same time.