Singer-songwriter extraordinaire Lucy Dacus brought her Home Video tour to The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA last week, to the delight of the sold-out crowd. The tour is in support of her latest album, also named Home Video, which released this summer. Hailing from Richmond, VA, Dacus has garnered significant critical acclaim in just a few years of performing. Her distinct, otherworldly voice and biting lyricism continue to captivate listeners and has garnered her a fervent following.
Though her formal professional career began in 2015, music has been a part of Lucy Dacus’s since childhood. As evidenced by the home movies projected on the screen before the start of the show, Dacus has been performing everywhere from her living room to bible school to talent shows. The lifelong commitment to music has manifested in multiple albums, festival slots, and tours, including the formation of indie supergroup boygenius with Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker.
Dacus kicked off her show in San Francisco without fanfare, launching into “Triple Dog Dare” while the crowd buzzed with excitement as she plucked the opening notes. She moved through several songs with practiced ease, not stopping to speak to the crowd until the show’s fifth song, “Christine,” though the audience hardly seemed to mind Dacus’s largely subdued performance style. The energy of The Fillmore was palpably electric throughout the night, a collection of eager listeners finally able to return to live music.
Between songs, Dacus acknowledged the difficulties of the past 18 months for the music industry, and thanked the audience for getting vaccinated and wearing masks, poetically stating, “it means the world and it’s for the world.”
Dacus’s smooth, crooning voice positively shone during her rendition of “La Vie En Rose”. Expertly balancing the technical difficulty of the song by maintaining a simultaneously subdued yet powerful command, Dacus mesmerized the audience with a sound well beyond her 26 years. The performance was a perfect encapsulation of seeing Dacus perform live: it’s more than just listening, it’s hypnotizing.
After a night of favorites, including the visceral and viciously raw “Thumbs” and a Bruce Springsteen cover, Lucy Dacus closed out the show with an unnamed new song. The audience relished in hearing the unreleased song, erupting in applause as the final notes rang out.