Kacey Musgraves’ Psychedelic Set at NYC’s Beacon Theatre Proves She’s Shifting the Country Mold


A Texas singer-songwriter whose honky tonk-ready melodies muse on all the things from difficult societal expectations to taking psychedelic medicine, Kacey Musgraves has earned an industry-wide repute for breaking the nation music rule ebook — notably, along with her knockout 2018 album Golden Hour.

Perhaps no setting might mirror simply how deeply that spirit is resonating than the first of two sold-out reveals on her Oh, What a World! Tour at New York’s Beacon Theatre on Friday evening (Jan. 25).

Floating onstage in a glowing rainbow jumpsuit and gold platform heels, her hair in a cascading excessive ponytail, Musgraves remarked on the range of her viewers earlier than anything: “It’s superb to look out and see one million sorts of folks on this room,” she started. “You all need to be right here.” True sufficient, out within the crowd, everybody from elementary school-aged children in glittery pink cowboy hats to Freaks and Geeks actress Busy Philipps cheered her arrival.

After the primary few songs ("Slow Burn," "Wonder Woman," "Butterflies"), it might be a forgivable offense for anybody within the viewers to sit — in any case, the emotional ballads and acoustic strums discovered on Golden Hour are sometimes extra becoming for a gradual dance than a rowdy live performance. But all through the roughly two-hour efficiency, the place Musgraves was backed by an unlimited pink fan like that on her Golden Hour album cowl, almost everybody within the viewers would keep on their toes.

That included new hits like "Space Cowboy," early ones off 2013's Merry Go Round, a shock cowl of "I Will Survive" alongside her tourmate Natalie Prass, and loads of Musgraves' typical cheeky appeal in between. "This is a fancy-ass place!" she shouted, gesturing to the Beacon's pink velvet curtains and ornate ceiling. She stopped in the midst of Pageant Material observe "High Time" to comment that at a earlier present, somebody handed her a lit joint. (Not the case tonight, however it's price noting that the scent of marijuana reeked all through the theater right here, too.)

Near the top of her efficiency, earlier than launching into her motivational 2013 hit "Follow Your Arrow" — which sparked controversy within the nation area on the time for its gay-positive refrain​ — Musgraves touched briefly on politics. "Every day, it seems like there's one thing extra unbelievable that's taking place — what the hell is going on proper now?" she mentioned. 

"It's cool to see the juxtaposition towards that, that’s constructive and robust people who find themselves going to bust by means of this. Hold onto the love, and the great elements, and this bizarre period shall be over. This subsequent track was impressed by all that."

Outside Friday's efficiency, her boundlessly constructive, free-spirited message is reaching even additional. Come February, Musgraves is up for 4 Grammys: album of the yr and finest nation album (for Golden Hour), finest nation solo efficiency ("Butterflies") and finest nation track ("Space Cowboy"). Leaving the packed theatre would have anybody satisfied: Musgraves isn't simply breaking nation's guidelines, however re-writing them.