Lucius: Live Nudes Tour w/ Pure Bathing Culture
LUCIUS to perform an intimate, acoustic performance on 5/1 with special guest Pure Bathing Culture, part of the Longworth-Anderson Series’ third season line-up of nationally recognized performers and bands at beautifully renovated, historic Memorial Hall.
Fronted by the sleek and compelling look-alike duo of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, and backed by their counterpart bandmates Dan Molad and Pete Lalish, Lucius has sold out shows across the world, big and small. Having headlined all over the US and Europe, they’ve also played slots at Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza, End of the Road, and Austin City Limits, and shared the stage with a variety of renowned musicians including Roger Waters, Jack White, Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, Sara Bareilles, Tegan and Sara, and David Byrne.
The band’s uphill ascent began when Jess and Holly crossed paths while studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Their strong bond lay the foundation of Lucius; they started playing music together over ten years ago and they haven’t stopped since. Along the way, they’ve become NPR darlings, and found themselves lauded by critics around the globe. Since the critically acclaimed release of their 2013 debut LP Wildewoman, they’ve built a stunningly loyal following, and share an intimate bond with their fans. Even today, it’s not uncommon to see Lucius doppelgängers in the crowd.
They released their second album, Good Grief, in 2016 and, much like their debut, it earned them high praise from influential critics such as Pitchfork, NPR, Rolling Stone, and The Guardian. More recently, the single “Million Dollar Secret” was featured in the last season of hit HBO series Girls.
When Lucius takes the stage, what you see and hear is two voices coalescing into one strong, agile sound. They sing in strong unison, doubling their high, clear voices and creating a third sound that is as unnerving as it is lovely, like two mirrors, creating an infinite number of reflections that reveal as much as they obscure. The band’s distinctive play on duality showcases Jess and Holly’s powerful voices at the center, bolstered and surrounded by the mathematically precise drumming of Dan with the graceful, chiming of Pete’s guitar. Together the quintet create a sound the New Yorker calls “seemingly impossible with flawless grace that brings delicate beauty to even the most bombastic moments.”
After wrapping up back-up singer duties on the mammoth Roger Waters arena-conquering Us + Them tour, performing over 100 shows around the world, 2018 finds Lucius back together for an intimate acoustic tour and the release of an accompanying 10-track acoustic album, NUDES. A collection of songs chosen specifically to showcase their soulful, powerful voices and gorgeous harmonies, NUDES includes three songs from the band’s back catalog, three brand new compositions and three cover versions. The album also features sit-ins from Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters (on “Goodnight Irene”) and Wilco’s Nels Cline (on “Million Dollar Secret”).
Be part of another Longworth-Anderson Series evening of great music, food, and drink. Complimentary pre-concert reception features live local music, light bites, and beverage tastings. Reception runs from 6:30-8:00 p.m. and concert begins at 8:00 p.m.