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Concert Review: Old ’97s and Lydia Loveless

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Concert Review: Old ’97s and Lydia LovelessLydia Loveless at The Newport — All photos by Matt Ellis.
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Alt-country band Old ’97s made a stop in Columbus on Friday night in front of a fairly low energy and sparsely populated crowd inside the Newport Music Hall.

Opening the show, and the reason a lot of the crowd came out, was Lydia Loveless.

The country-whiskey pixie with the rock and roll soul has been on a seemingly endless tour since the release of the well received “Somewhere Else” a few months back as the band continue on the upward swing to stardom.

Despite the early set time and smaller crowd than they deserve, Loveless and her band sounded great. Loveless’ voice is still the star of the show, but her band have grown into a more cohesive sound since the last time I saw them live a few years back and aside from a few instrument issues they nailed their set of mostly newer material.

On the other end of the spectrum are Old ’97s, currently touring their 10th album. The Dallas based band have been around a while and have a backlog of fan favourites to throw out to the crowd which they did in energetic fashion.

If you weren’t able to make the show, here are a few pictures from the evening.

Matt Ellis is a freelance photographer who covers bands that visit the city and the Columbus Crew MLS team. More about Matt can be found at Matt Ellis Photography.

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