Concert Therapy: Review of Liza Anne’s Duck Room Visit

Liza Anne takes the stage at Blueberry Hill in St. Louis.

Liza Anne takes the stage at Blueberry Hill in St. Louis.

Liza Anne’s concert at Blueberry Hill was an experience like no other with the intimate setting and personal topics. She allowed listeners to join her journey of looking into herself, allowing them to take a step back and look in the mirror as well.

Liza introduced nearly every song on her setlist, telling of the topics each one covered. This gave listeners a deep insight into her mind and her usual melancholy tunes. But, her songs are more than just about feeling sad, they add a raw and emotional depth to having a mental illness and being in love while on the road touring. She would introduce old songs as “my old sorrows” and songs off her “Fine But Dying” album as “new sorrows.” However, each song teaches her a lesson as she said during the concert.

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The connection Liza Anne gives concertgoers is other wordly. Those in the Duck Room were up close and personal with her deepest turmoils, but they didn’t feel sorry for her—they felt even more connected with her, more understanding. The crowd wasn’t wild and screaming during her set, but quiet and moved. She even went on to comment, “You all are so quiet — it’s precious — please don’t change.”

I have never been to a concert like this before, but it was an experience worth remembering. Liza Anne was a natural at performing with her guitar strapped to her the entire set — even going on to play two songs by herself. The rest of the set was complemented by three band members clad in matching red suits with embroidered last names.

The concert not only allowed to me look inside myself and to embrace sorrows along with joys, but it also taught me no one else can pull off red corduroy pants like Liza Anne.

Written and photographed by Lauren Leady

Liza Anne is known for her world-famous melancholia.

Liza Anne is known for her world-famous melancholia.