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Lindsey Lomis’ performance in Nashville made attendees feel like they were part of her universe

Lindsey Lomis performed at Exit/In on June 23 to a crowd filled with fans, family and friends.
Sara West
Lindsey Lomis smiles as she looks into the crowd, as photographed on June 23, 2023. (Hustler Multimedia/Sara West)

After hearing many stories about how incredible Lindsey Lomis was when she opened for Joshua Bassett on his tour, I immediately added her to my concert bucket list. Lucky for me, she didn’t hesitate to announce solo dates after her opening slot ended, and although it is a short run, I was thrilled to see Nashville listed as a stop. 

As I walked into the venue, I was excited to see the crowd filled with many friends, family and other members of Lomis’ circle since she lives just down the road from the venue. Attendees were primarily other young women, making the show feel like a friend group hangout and allowing me to immediately make friends with other concertgoers. 

One of my favorite parts of Lomis’ tour is that each city has a different opener, which was especially exciting for fans I met who were traveling and going to multiple shows. I wasn’t introduced to Nashville’s opener, Tristan, until she performed during the show. Tristan’s vocals have a calm, dreamy tone and fit the crowd perfectly. She reminded me a lot of another Nashville native, Abby Cates, who just opened the Atlanta show of Lomis’ tour.  

Tristan sang five songs throughout the night, four of which were originals, and one was a cover of Billie Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever.” Tristan primarily focused on playing unreleased songs which got me hyped up about future releases. She ended her set with her most viral hit, “Keep That to Yourself,” which she described as a song about running into your ex at a party when you aren’t on good terms anymore. Although I didn’t know Tristan before her set, I will definitely be at future performances, which she told me will happen soon during a conversation at the merch table after the show. 

After Tristan left the stage, Lomis’ band appeared and began playing until the emerging pop star ran out and got everyone screaming. Lomis wore an iconic black suit with pink bows, which she later revealed was a handmade outfit. She started with her song “Bones” and continued with other hits such as “DAYDREAMING” and one of my favorites, “This Time (I Don’t Wanna).” Lomis also created two mashups of her originals with Taylor Swift’s “Anti-Hero” and Grover Washington Jr. ft. Bill Withers’ “Just the Two Of Us,” which the crowd enthusiastically sang along to.

Shortly into the set, Lomis began to experience sound issues, but she chatted with the audience while her team tried to fix the problem. She interacted with individual fans to create lifelong memories for them. Specifically, she interacted with one fan who was only 10 years old, and this conversation melted the hearts of everyone in the room. Lomis also began to call out many of the audience members, including those from various organizations that helped launch her music career, many of which fans could donate to at the merch table. 

Luckily, Lomis was able to fix her sound system and continued with what she described as the saddest song she’s ever written: “Kenny.” At this point, Lomis did something that was one of my favorite moments to ever happen at a show — she passed out a box of tissues to the audience. As someone who has brought their own tissue box to concerts before, it felt very close to home when she handed it around, noting that “someone might need it.”

Another highlight of the night was when Lomis brought out Tristan to perform a cover of Dove Cameron and Khalid’s “We Go Down Together,” which Lomis told the audience she wrote. Lomis continued with other hits throughout the night and ended with “die with my friends,” which she dedicated to all her friends. She even came out into the crowd during the song to show them some love. 

Lomis left the stage after saying a huge thank you to everyone who came out to support her. Fans began to chant Lomis’ name until audio of what sounded like a snippet from a radio show started playing, and she reappeared in a new outfit to sing two final songs. Lomis put on an incredible performance, allowing attendees to feel like they were part of her universe for the night.

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Sara West
Sara West, Deputy Photography Editor
Sara West ('25) is majoring in psychology in the College of Arts and Science and human and organizational development in Peabody College. Sara loves going to concerts, thrifting and exploring new places. She was previously Deputy Photography Director and hopes to enter the music industry after graduating.  She can be reached at [email protected].
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