Review: Lindsey Stirling’s High-Energy Performance Matched by Riverside Theater Crowd

The YouTube sensation kept the crowd on its toes as part of her “Brave Enough” tour.

Lindsey Stirling delivered an unforgettable performance of her “Brave Enough” tour to a high energy, sold-out crowd at the Riverside Theater Friday night. The 30-year-old’s bold, glitzy costumes allowed her to transform personalities from a punk-pop rocker in black sparkly shorts and suspenders, to a fairy princess in a blue ballerina gown. Plus, how many times have you seen a violinist accompanied by back-up dancers? (Outside of Irish Fest, people.)

The YouTube sensation, who has over 8 million subscribers, attracts a wide variety of fans, a fact that was underscored by this crowd’s diversity. Her rendition of “Something Wild,” which appears in the Disney film Pete’s Dragon, appealed to a Gen Z crowd while the classical sounds in “Transcendence” pleased everyone else. Stirling even managed to satisfy the gamer crowd by incorporating a video game-esque, digitized melody.

Far more moving was her tribute to former band member Jason “Gavi” Gaviati, who passed away in November of last year from lymphoma. A video montage played in the background as she performed the gorgeous “Gavi’s song,” a piece the two had started to write together.

Although flashing lights, music videos and projections took Stirling’s performance to a new level, Friday’s audience would have likely been just as satisfied if she had played acoustic.