LIVE: Weyes Blood Puts on Stunningly Beautiful Performance at Auditorium Theatre
"The woman who called herself nameless sure has an incredible voice," WXRT's Marty Lennartz gushes, standing on the stage at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre. The woman he is referring to is Natalie Mering of Weyes Blood, who had introduced her band to the audience halfway through her set, adding in that she'd rename nameless.
About forty minutes prior to this post-introduction from the radio DJ, Mering had glided onto the theatre's dimly lit stage, where the words to her song "Diary" flowed out of her as she remained staked out center stage, full of poise and sans instrument. That same calm and composed demeanor clung to Mering as she picked up her guitar for the second song. Although her music has this mellow undertone, her voice soared through the sparkling venue, with its swooping ceilings and endless rows of lights. "I hope it looks as beautiful out there as it does from here," she said as she transitioned over to the keyboard for her third song of the evening, called "Used To Be." The track builds up, gradually adding layers, like the song that followed, "Seven Words." Weyes Blood's most popular track, "Seven Words" contains gospel elements that immediately envelope its listeners, along with Mering's ethereal vocals.
Weyes Blood's support set for Father John Misty winded down with Mering and her band shifting around on stage again; first with Mering back with her guitar for "Generation Why" and then back on the keys for the final song of her set, which brimmed slightly over thirty minutes. Mering dedicated the latter song to the people all the way in the back in her composed and calculated speaking voice, which complemented her mellow musical style. She and her band shuffled offstage after Mering thanked the crowd for their welcoming reception to her music. Check out photos from her stunning performance below.
It's been an unstoppable year for Weyes Blood; playing festivals like Pitchfork in Chicago, touring with Father John Misty, signing with Sup Pop Records for her next record...and we can't wait to see what's in store next for soothing powerhouse.
See all of Weyes Blood's upcoming tour dates here, and listen to her latest double single below.