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Bishop Briggs, MisterWives Create Energy Overflow at The Fillmore

The Fillmore Charlotte; Sept. 10, 2023

Bishop Briggs performs wearing a schoolgirl uniform in front of a screen projection showing her lying naked in the fetal position on the desert floor
Bishop Briggs performs at The Fillmore on Sunday. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly seven years since Bishop Briggs first performed in Charlotte. In late September of 2016, she opened for Kaleo at The Underground, and two years later she was headlining the same venue. Now, five years and a pandemic later, she’s co-headlining The Fillmore next door alongside MisterWives for the Don’t Look Down Tour.

“You don’t understand how happy I am to be here,” Briggs told the crowd, though she really didn’t need to. Every moment she got, Briggs appeared to be bathing in the applause and soaking up every minute of the experience.

Bishop Briggs performs wearing a schoolgirl uniform
Bishop Briggs performs at The Fillmore on Sunday. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Fresh off of a winning run on FOX show The Masked Singer, Briggs is one of those people who could sing the phone book and have people hanging on every word. Her unique voice, vocal power, range and stage presence command attention with every note. It’s no surprise she won the Masked contest, with not even full Medusa makeup able to dilute her vocals or stage presence.

Briggs was a nonstop ball of energy on stage at The Fillmore, dancing around and belting out song after song, new and old – “Wild Horses,” “Baby,” “Dream,” “Tattooed on my Heart,” and set-closer “River.” It’s only surprising that it’s taken six years to get to this stage but don’t be surprised if she’s headlining an outdoor amphitheatre the next time she’s in town.

Bishop Briggs performs wearing a schoolgirl uniform in front of a large neon sign that reads "Run Faster"
Bishop Briggs performs at The Fillmore on Sunday. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Joining Briggs at the top of the bill was MisterWives who brought forth the energy in equal measure. Singer Mandy Lee’s animated performance knew no bounds and she bounced around the stage, danced with her bandmates and belted out 17 songs. It’s no surprise that the band has toured with Paramore as there’s quite a bit of similarities. However, Lee and Co. have created their own niche in the indie-pop genre with plenty of infectious songs of their own.

MisterWives performs at Fillmore on Sunday. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

The group went through a rough patch in the last few years due to band members and labels leaving, but a new album, Nosebleeds, released earlier this year has given them new life. The one-two punch of this tour is sure to get both artists in front of many new fans.

MisterWives performs at Fillmore on Sunday. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Thanks to an early start for opener Raffaella, some attendees didn’t get to catch her entire set but she showcased a solid stage presence of her own, including some catchy pop tunes. It will be interesting to see where this tour leads her, as well.

MisterWives performs at Fillmore on Sunday. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Bishop Briggs setlist
Art of Survival
Wild Horses
Cherry on Top
My Shine
Baby
Jekyll & Hide
Baggage
Dream
Tattooed on My Heart
Superhuman
Reborn
Hallowed Ground
White Flag
Hi-Lo
Take Me to Church
Bad
Revolution
River

MisterWives setlist
Out of Your Mind
Dagger
Where Do We Go From Here?
All the Same
Whywhywhy
Sideways
Trip Around the Sun
Silver Lining
Trigger Pull
Too Late
Ultraviolet
Superbloom
Flower Moon
Our Own House
Other Side
End of my Rope
Nosebleeds

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