Lindsey Stirling Steals the Show at Shoreline in Mountain View

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What an inspiring story Lindsey Stirling has had. The athletic violinist with the big dreams of performing in front of thousands of fans first made a name for herself as a contestant on America’s Got Talent. At the time, she was unfairly discouraged by Piers Morgan who told her that “you’re not good enough.” Well, Mr. Morgan, ready to eat those words yet? Armed with just a few dance moves, some virtuoso violin skills, and a YouTube account, she’s managed to go from being a reality show contestant to playing big stages in just a few short years.

And it’s easy to understand why. She’s spectacular to watch. Her show is uplifting, engaging, visually-compelling and entertaining from beginning to end. Always one to connect with her audience, she took the time throughout her show to share some personal anecdotes with her fans. Some comedic, others thought-provoking. It’s this charm that elevates her from a simple circus act to arena level performer.

The show itself is the perfect mix of dancing and acrobatics combined with an elaborate stage set, and magic. Yes, magic. And while it all looked so real, Lindsey had to confess halfway into the set that she wasn’t actually a magician. “I’m really a wizard,” she chuckled.

Co-headlining the show that night was Evanescence. Backed by a full 28-piece orchestra, the seasoned professional hard rock band led by vocalist-extraordinaire Amy Lee, was promoting its latest release Synthesis, the first in seven years. This time around the band brought forth a more mature offering since their MTV heydays. And while at times it felt more like an opera performance than a hard rock show, the thunderous drums and electric guitars served as a reminder to the power of this outfit.

The show began with a dramatic spotlight on Amy Lee who was sitting behind a grand piano, but she quickly rose up for the continuation of the set. Singing hit after hit with her trademark ethereal vocals, Lee had the crowd locked in a trance the entire night. The highlight had to be the performance of their chart-topping single “Bring Me To Life,” which had them on their feet unable to contain themselves. While Stirling seemed to have stolen the show last night, it was Evanescence that made it alive.

Photos by Louis Raphael

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An avid drummer whose discography includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After many years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for and, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.

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