Live Show Review: Valerie June, Pilgrimage Music Festival

Taking the Pilgrimage Festival stage by storm, Valerie June played one of the most visceral and exuberant sets of the day. Even in the ninety-plus degree heat, the crowd was moving and grooving from beginning to end with her wit and southern charm. Mixing many different influences including blues, folk, country, and rock, June has found a fresh take on old-school musical styles. Combining sound and spirit with creative and honest songwriting, her live show is nothing short of a home run. She performed with a freedom and honesty hardly matched by her peers; as her personality shone through the set’s every moment, the energy was contagious and the band was tight. June played many songs from her newest album, Order of Time, which was clearly already accepted and lauded by members of the audience as they sang along.

She performed one of the best and most memorable sets of the weekend, full of passion and brimming with charisma. Her sonic blend perfectly highlights her twang and soul and creates a landscape all its own, making her a musical force to be reckoned with.

(Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival)

(Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival)

(Photo by Mickey Bernal/Getty Images for Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival)

(Photo by Mickey Bernal/Getty Images for Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival)

James Farley

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