19 photos of Kacey Musgraves performing at the Outside Lands Music Festival on August 8th have been added to our gallery.
The annual iHeartRadio Festival is scheduled for Sept. 19-20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
iHeartRadio announced the first performers for its annual festival in Las Vegas, and the lineup includes a healthy mix of marquee acts and up-and-comers.
Names confirmed for the main festival, which takes place on September 19 and 20, include Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Motley Crue, Zac Brown Band, Coldplay, Usher, Eric Church, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Bastille, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Steve Aoki and Iggy Azalea.
The latter name, who dominated radio airwaves with “Fancy” (and is in the process of doing so with “Black Widow”), will also appear as part of the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village event. Miley Cyrus operated in the double-duty role last year.
Other acts to perform in that daytime venue will be Kacey Musgraves, The Pretty Reckless, MAGIC!, Nico and Vinz, Childish Gambino and Lil Jon.
Thanks to an awesome Kacey fan, CountryCat13, we have added some really cool shots from some more of Kacey’s shows overseas in Glasgow and Manchester.
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New photos of Kacey Musgraves performing in Amsterdam at The Melkweg on June 29th have been added to our gallery. Photos were taken by Dennis Kamstra. ♥
We’ve also added photos from an older performance in October 2013. View those photos here.
We have added 22 pictures of Kacey performing while opening up for Zac Brown Band on May 29th in Tampa, Florida. There’s also an article below which reviews her performance! Check them out!
But with a damp crowd still filing in, and thunder rumbling and lightning striking all around her, Musgraves, the zealously lauded 25-year-old Texan singer-songwriter, hit her mark on time.
She’s as much of a Nashville outlier as Brown, but more for her grown-up restraint than for any sense of devil-may-care personality. Up on stage, flanked by neon cacti, the winsome Musgraves is unshowy, almost laconic, which sort of fits her wry, folksy brand of Texamericana. Her flashiest stage maneuvers included a brief, leisurely stroll around a center thrust stage, and … well, that’s about it. (Unlike Taylor Swift, Musgraves probably COULD lay claim to not being a cheer captain.)
But it’s her songs that tell the story, not her voice or stage antics. Lived-in ditties like Merry Go ‘Round and Follow Your Arrow are as thoughtful as they are toe-tapping, devoid of any over-the-top bombast or climax. A song like her gorgeous, mariachi-tinged cover of George Strait’s I Just Want to Dance With You belongs in the Bluebird Cafe, not on American Idol.
Musgraves did display a bit of whimsy at the end, when, for closer My House, she and her band huddled at the center of the stage, with the boys bobbing in sparkling rhinestone suits that lit up like Christmas trees. Musgraves beamed and waved her hands, and closed the song with a simple harmonica flourish. It was quirky, earnest and endearing, something you might see on a 21st-century version of Hee Haw. Not to suggest that Musgraves is in danger of being swallowed whole by the big, bad pop charts, but a career as a theatrical folk singer, a la Alison Krauss or even Dolly Parton, could sustain her for several lifetimes.