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Popular indie group Lucius performing outdoors this Sunday in Rochester

Popular indie group Lucius performing outdoors this Sunday in Rochester

We are only a few days away from one of the most exciting events of the summer: a free concert by Lucius as part of the Riverside Concert Series.

Their tour schedule is packed with multiple shows per week, and luckily one of those is here in Rochester on Sunday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. at Mayo Park.

I am sincerely thankful to the hard-working organizers of the entire series, but I am blown away that they landed this band on their way to the top.

In a recent interview, Steve Schmidt, general manager of the City of Rochester Music Department, told me he relies on personal and professional networking to curate talent for many events in the city.

When asked about the diversity of artists coming to Rochester, he told me, "We do it all because our people like it all." Regarding Indie-pop acts like Lucius, he said, "It's important that we keep Rochester hip and developing."

Although the front women Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe  have been singing together for over 9 years, it was after releasing Wildewoman in 2013 that Lucius began their meteoric rise, with gigs at some of the most celebrated music festivals in the U.S. and as the opening band for Jack White's European tour.

They have received a lot of love from Minnesota. They were touted by many as the fan favorite this year at The Current's Rock the Garden in Minneapolis, and they sold out First Avenue in 2014.

Their quick rise to the upper echelon of indie-pop has undoubtedly been fueled by adoration of influential artists like White, JD McPherson, and David Byrne of the Talking Heads, who invited Lucius to participate in his Color Guard Project.

On even the dullest day, when Lucius's "Go Home" pipes through my headphones, the sparse and haunting percussion along with those synchronized melodious voices of yearning and conviction give me heart palpitations.

Wildewoman is one of the few albums I play straight through, over and over again. The lyrics are profound and unforgettable. This is pop in it's best form: moving and unpredictable. Musical critics have poured on accolades for their originality, gorgeous siren-like vocals, danceable rhythms, and charisma.

Red Wing rocker Henry James Patterson will open for Lucius this Sunday. Popular 70s folk-rock band America will close out the outdoor concert series with a show on Sunday, Aug. 23.


About Joy Hughes: Joy is a former lit major and current general surgery resident at the Mayo Clinic. She enjoys hiking with her dog, Ramble, sharing musical and literary discoveries with friends and family, traveling, and exploring this vibrant medical city.


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