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Lindsey Stirling Dances Into the Heart of the Storm (and Charlotte)

Lindsey Stirling dances with a violin onstage at Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre
Lindsey Stirling performs at Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre Aug. 7. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

It’s probably not easy to be known as the “dancing violinist,” but it’s really the best way to describe Lindsey Stirling. The talented musician first gained national attention by becoming a finalist on America’s Got Talent in 2010. Since then, she’s toured the world and won over people of all ages with her energetic style.

At Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre on Monday, after strong thunderstorms delayed the start of the show, Stirling offered a performance that’s gone to the next level since the last time she was in town.

Lindsey Stirling dances with a violin onstage at Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre
Lindsey Stirling performs at Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre Aug. 7. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Always known for dancing throughout her set — often bringing backup dancers with her — Stirling took to an aerial lyra for one song as she dangled upside down from the hoop and continued playing violin. Later on, she was hooked up to a swing of sorts and spun around high in the air over the stage.

It was all a visual spectacle for the rare performer who can captivate an audience for 90 minutes with an instrumental performance that featured plenty of fan favorites including “Artemis,” “Shatter Me,” “Crystallize” and “Guardian.”

Lindsey Stirling dances with a violin onstage at Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre
Lindsey Stirling performs at Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre Aug. 7. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

The night started with a set from Walk Off the Earth who blended their time between original songs and plenty of covers to help the audience forget they waited for nearly two hours to enter the venue thanks to the weather delay.

Walk Off the Earth performs at Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre
Walk Off the Earth performs at Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre Aug. 7. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Be sure to check out Queen City Nerve’s Soundwave, Charlotte’s most comprehensive live music listing, so you don’t miss out on any shows or concerts coming up. And hell, if you’re looking for something else to do, you can check out our events page as well, which runs the gamut of things to do in Charlotte. You don’t ever have to be bored again. You can check out more of Jeff’s pics and live reviews here.


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