It was beyond cold as I made my way to Saint Paul on Tuesday night which made the wait outside while an issue with the guestlist was sorted out that much more painful (and I mean literally painful). Any other night I would have just cut my losses, gotten back in my car, and taken advantage of a night off but not last night. Last night was one of those shows that I wasn’t willing to miss. It wasn’t so much for the headliner (although I don’t mind Bishop Briggs), it was more for the two opening acts that had left me completely stunned the last time I saw them.
Thankfully, the issue at the door was sorted out and I was in just in time to catch a couple of songs from opening act Jax Anderson. Where do I begin with this amazing woman? I can’t remember why but I caught her when she was performing as Flint Eastwood back in April of 2017 and to say it changed my life wouldn’t be an understatement. She was amazing. Everything about her. From her music and her look to her attitude, Jax was everything I inspired to be and it started a fire in my heart. I was bummed when my friend sent me the news that Jax was no longer going to tour as Flint Eastwood but was relieved when, just a couple of months later, there was movement on Jax’s Instagram with some new music just under the name of Jax Anderson. I didn’t care who was headlining the show, as soon as I saw Jax’s name as a supporting act for a show in the Twin Cities, I knew I just had to be there.
Although she now just tours as Jax Anderson, not much has really changed with this incredible performer. Her songs are still just as powerful and her quirkiness seems to have only been perfected over the years. There’s something painfully accessible about this woman and something so brutally honest that it’s impossible to not be completely captivated by her while she is on stage. Her set was full of familiar songs that have been on heavy rotation for me since the first time I saw her and some newer songs that show there has definitely been a change with this new performance name but she is still staying true to what put her on the map for many people. Names change, looks change, hair styles change but Jax Anderson will also be one of those performers that stays true to herself and her fans and that’s more than refreshing.
It was next to impossible to get a picture of her as she spent majority of the set literally darting from side to side of the stage. The energy that radiated from the stage and Sarah was absolutely electric and had her nearly twenty song set flying by in the blink of an eye. Although the crowd was far from sold out (I blame the fact that it was the Twin Cities’ first night of unbearably cold temperatures), there was a power behind the audience that had braced the elements to come out and support this beautiful line-up of powerful women. I felt more energy in the Palace Theatre on Tuesday night than I have at sold out arena shows and that says everything that needs to be said about how amazing my Tuesday night was.
As I stood at the will call window waiting impatiently for the ticket snafu to get sorted, I found myself justifying me taking the night off from shows and missing this one. No matter what I told myself, it didn’t feel right. I knew that last night’s show was one that I couldn’t miss and I was definitely right about it. What a great Tuesday night.