Lissie performed for the Grammy Museum’s 40 Years of Ramones’ Tribute at Austin’s Maggie Mae’s Rooftop on Wednesday night. With the show starting at 8:25 p.m., doors were opened at 8:24 p.m. to a panicked crowd.
Rushing upstairs, a very small amount of festival go-ers made it to the beginning seconds of Lissie’s speedy sound check. She seemed a little flustered as she taped the lyrics to the Ramones’ covers that she would be performing shortly, but she took a deep breath, gave a huge smile, and welcomed the smaller crowd of 20-40 people that were fortunate enough to get to the stage.
Letting the stressful and quick set roll of her shoulders, she kept her cool and sang her heart out. Fans could not get enough of her sultry voice and laid back stage presence. She finished her set with one of her original songs from her newest album, My Wild West, that was written about her journey from moving back to Ohio after a 12 year stay in Los Angeles. The set was too short for the audience’s liking, but it is safe to say that The Ramones would have been proud.
By Madeline Robicheaux