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August 3, 2010

Get out: Lilith Fair at Merriweather Post Pavilion

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Canadian songstress Sarah McLachlan (pictured) brings her revived Lilith Tour to Merriweather Post Pavilion tonight, with a bevy of notable female performers in tow.

Some of the acts are old favorites like the Indigo Girls, but many are newer, up-and-coming stars on the music scene.

Highlights on the bill are the lush, breathy Sara Bareilles and the enigmatic Cat Power, as well as Jesca Hoop and Missy Higgins. Tickets are $77-$127, and doors open at 2:30 p.m.

A few years ago, I met Hoop during a music conference in Louisville, Ky., sat next to her during dinner and interviewed her the next day. I ended up writing one of my all time favorite ledes ...

Here it is, from a piece that ran in June 2007:

Louisville, Ky. -- After dinner, singer/songwriter Jesca Hoop picks up her full glass of pinot noir and offers you some. There is too much wine left for her to finish alone, and she needs some help.

As a joke, you wonder aloud whether she has mono."No, but I do have stereo," she answers.

Whimsical, playful and enigmatic in her life and music, Hoop is building a buzz among acoustic music fans and industry reps. She's on tour with the Polyphonic Spree and comes to the 9:30 Club on Saturday.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:30 AM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Get Out


Lilith web site says tickets are $57-$127.

Aha -- there are actually two ticket listings on Merriweather's site. The one I posted was the buy one get one free ticket listing. You're right, the regular one is $57-$127.

On a side note, did you see the NY Times' review of the fair? I love the Cat Power graph:

The outlier was Chan Marshall, who performs as Cat Power, though performing is, in her case, a loaded word: she is legendarily challenged onstage, and here was no different. “That’s all,” she said after 30 minutes of indolent, hazy country and furtive conversations with the sound guy. “Sorry about the bad performance. Hope you have a great time.”

A rare chance to call you out on something Sam.

Yes, I did see the NY Times review. It cemented my decision to pass on this year's show. I really wanted to see Beth Orton (who cancelled at the last minute when the tour came to MPP many years ago) and the often flaky Chan Marshall. Couldn't justify the ticket $ + fees for just 2 performers.

graphs, ledes...I feel like I'm taking a journalism class here!

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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