Squirrel Flower debuts in Tucson with hauntingly beautiful set

Greg Stevens

Ella Williams’s band Squirrel Flower has a way of bringing out fans’ thoughts, and as was the situation on March 7 at Club Congress downtown. The night time was the sultry-voiced Squirrel Flower’s very first time performing in Tucson.

Boston indigenous Williams’s songs job started when she moved to Iowa in 2016. 

Williams launched the Planet EP at the beginning of the yr, making off the significant acclaim from her 2021 release Planet (i).

The concept of Planet (i) was an emergence of emotions and established the scene of Williams going by way of a unsafe journey to obtain herself. The World EP slows down and demonstrates her reflection by wanting at her environment and obtaining the magnificence in character. Williams released a sluggish location in this new venture, one particular that she confirmed off in Club Congress on Monday night time. 

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The night started out off with the tour’s opener, the musician Tenci from Chicago, which done a slow, but energetic folky seem set. One particular of the band users played the saxophone, rhythm guitar and flute, building a sound that went with each other effectively with the singer’s voice and lyrics and including an intriguing edge to the band’s functionality.

Opener band, Tenci, enjoying their very first track through the established. (Photo by Alexzandria Martinez)

Squirrel Flower commenced the evening on stage solo, opening with her signature moody lyrics and delicate vocals. The group filling the Lodge Congress night club right away quieted down. The audience was loosely filled, but as the evening progressed, a lot more persons came to tune in. Williams politely requested for the audience to come nearer. 

During the functionality, Williams’ band, whose members have their have solo do the job outdoors of Squirrel Flower, paced the stage, again and forth. 

The band introduced an personal energy with the large bass, tender rhythm guitar and sharp drumming. Some music experienced a much more energetic edge such as “Roadkill,” “Flames and Flat Tires” and “Hurt A Fly.” The crowd sang alongside and bobbed their heads to the spectacular drumming and to Williams’ direct guitar function that had a grungy seem.

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In the middle of the established, Williams advised the viewers make on their own comfy and if the group desired to sit on the flooring, they could. It is not unconventional to sit on the ground at an outside live performance, but it doesn’t take place as typically at indoor live shows. It was Williams’ joke to the audience from the earlier live performance, but it felt ideal as the next‌ two tunes built the everyday instant excellent. 

Williams’ emotional efficiency struck lots of in the audience, with some brazenly tearing up and others closing their eyes when she sang the finale “To Be Forgotten” off Planet (i).

Previous Monday’s Club Congress crowd had several individuals from diverse spots of existence. One of the attendees waited ideally to see Squirrel Flower conduct, this sort of as College of Arizona neuroscience key Taylor Veschio.

 “I’ve been listening to her songs for about 3 decades and I am a large enthusiast,” Veschio reported. 

Monday’s concert was not just a opportunity for Tucson resident Niko Site to see a single of her favorite artists but was also her initial concert given that the pandemic started.

“I was really emotional for the duration of the concert. It was my first time looking at stay audio in many years,” Web site explained. “I was confused by the splendor of observing persons getting the encounter of still making artwork collectively. It is the pleasure of looking at people’s art no matter how little or huge it is.”


 *El Inde Arizona is a information assistance of the College of Arizona Faculty of Journalism.


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