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Live Review: HAIM & Lizzo (Uptown Theater / Kansas City, MO)

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Photos by Chris Love

HAIM and Lizzo took over the Uptown Theater last Thursday with a night of pumped up music, dancing, and encouragement to always be yourself. Lizzo kicked off the event and got the crowd going with her commanding stage presence and songs about self-confidence. Lizzo mentioned the last time she was in KC was at a much smaller venue and didn’t think many in that crowd knew who she was, but that was far from the case this night. Her songs had to be interspersed with long pauses when the cheering refused to die down. Backed by two dancers resembling cheerleaders in their white bodysuits and denim skirts, Lizzo worked (and twerked) the stage for her whole set. She even took a moment during the middle of a song to chug from a bottle of tequila! Showing a softer side, Lizzo called her hairstylist on stage before her final numbers under the false pretense of needing her hair fixed, only to surprise her with a birthday cake and an entire crowd to sing Happy Birthday.

If Lizzo demonstrates the power of self-love, HAIM is the power of sisterhood. The trio of sisters opened their set with a drum-off. Each sister is skilled with multiple instruments, but Este, normally the bassist, looked particularly excited by her own drumming. Being at a HAIM show means becoming, at least for the night, part of the family. The sisters opened up about childhood memories, had everyone join an impromptu cover of Christina Aguilera’s “Come On Over,” and divided alliances based on if oldest, middle, or youngest siblings are the best. Not to be outdone by their tour mate, HAIM kept the crowd dancing and singing until the very end. All of the powerful women who graced the stage impressed us with their talent and left us craving more. Alana Haim joked about the sisters wanting to move to KC; our city would be lucky to have them.