The Wild Hearts Tour at Edgefield (8/2/22)

Written by on October 2, 2022

The Wild Hearts performed two months ago at Edgefield and it was so good I’m just posting about it now. 

Julien Baker, Sharon van Etten and Angel Olsen, who usually perform as solo acts, decided to launch a tour together this summer, and call themselves the Wild Hearts. Now, I have loved Sharon Van Etten ever since the first time I heard Seventeen from her 2019 album Remind Me Tomorrow. But to see three great performers for the price of one was a deal I knew I could not miss.

Edgefield is a great venue. Located far on the other side of Portland’s ass, this is an old hotel, and maybe a prison(?), repurposed into a lovely outdoor concert area. The summer concert series always draws some great names. The drinks are always nice but the food can be avoided unless you want to be reminded of the High School cafeteria. That is, except for the ice cream stands, of course. 

The trio, along with opener Quinn Christopher who provided a great selection of synth-laced indie bops that were really great to listen to studio versions afterwards, came out one after another, leaving half an hour stretches between them. This was just at the beginning of summer and a person fainted and had to be carried out during each person’s set, with Julien Baker even stopping her set to ensure the safety of a concert-goer before implying us all to drink water. “If someone else passes out” she said, “the show is over.”

Julien Baker was the first Wild Heart to appear, and the one who I was least familiar with before her set. She wowed with sweet and gentle folk-rock tunes. After her, Sharon van Etten made her appearance and I made my way straight down off the lawn and to the front row. Each song after the last was a massive hit. Her music has the power to hit so many emotional notes. Whether it’s her bouncy and flowing melodies, her powerful and sharp voice or her painfully honest lyrics. Songs like Mistakes and Every Time the Sun Comes Up get you exactly as you thought they would. Even though I knew Seventeen would reduce me to a blubbering wreck as the studio version does every time, I still wasn’t prepared for how emotional I would get. After her beautiful set, Angel Olsen cooled us all down with her gentle set, mostly composed of the acoustic, countrified sound of her most recent album. Although her most known song, 2014’s Shut Up Kiss Me, was earnestly introduced as a song she had written last night. I must admit, the sarcasm confused me after the McMenamin’s Blueberry Peach Cider had gotten to me.

All in all, three powerful women performers delivered three powerful performances at Edgefield, and I will see any one of them next time they come to the PNW, whether they’re on their own, with each other, or with anyone else!

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