Tour Diaries: Phoebe Bridgers in Brooklyn

Legendary singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers performed in Prospect Park for a benefit show that supports BRIC's free programming, which included an opening set by MUNA.

Legendary singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers performed in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York for a benefit show that supports BRIC's free programming, which included an opening set by MUNA.
Photography: Jess Williams | IG: @jesswialliamsphoto

Phoebe Bridgers is quite possibly one of the hottest artists in the music scene right now. Bridgers began her career in the music industry as the bassist for avant-garde rock band, Sloppy Jane. However, she carved a new path for herself as a solo artist, releasing her debut album Stranger in the Alps in 2017, which received critical acclaim. Three years later, the then 26 year old singer-songwriter founded her own record label – Saddest Factory Records – which has signed some of the hottest up-and-coming queer artists like Charlie Hickey, Claud and MUNA – the latter of which is currently opening for Bridgers on her Reunion Tour.

The Grammy nominated musician arrived in New York City for three back-to-back shows across Brooklyn and Queens to support her sophomore album Punisher– two nights at Brooklyn’s largest outdoor venue, the Prospect Park Bandshell, and one night at the iconic Forest Hills Stadium in Queens. On the second of two sold out Brooklyn shows, Phoebe and MUNA brought the celebratory high energy.

Up first, MUNA played a set chock filled of queer anthems including “I Know A Place”, “Number One Fan” and the infamous “Silk Chiffon”, which Phoebe joined MUNA on stage for. As the clock struck 8:30, the lights went dim and sporadic flashes of red and white light shined into the crowd. Screams erupted among the nearly 10,000 fans in the crowd and Bridgers took to the stage accompanied by her skeleton band. The set kicked off with “Motion Sickness” and continued 15 more songs and an encore of “Me and My Dog” by Phoebe Bridgers supergroup boygenius.

The summer air was warm, yet breezy and the twinkling lights wrapped around Bridgers and her band's microphone stands glistened in the night. The Reunion tour was both calming and effervescent at the same time, as fans sang along to every single word throughout the evening and Bridgers jumped into the crowd at one point, running between the barricades high-fiving fans and thanking them for their support.

While it seems like Phoebe Bridgers has completely taken over the world, there is plenty more that we have yet to see from this talented queen!


Photographer Jess Williams brings us along to experience Phoebe Bridgers and MUNA's set from the front row.



 

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