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Review: Stevie Nicks conjures magical performance at Connecticut’s First Sound on Sound Music Festival

From Fleetwood Mac to FX’s American Horror Story to Bridgeport’s first-ever Sound on Sound music festival, Stevie Nicks proves she’s the white witch to watch live. Here’s Showbiz Cheat Sheet’s review of Nicks’ Sound on Sound headlining performance.

“Wow, there you are,” Nicks said to a packed seaside crowd.

The “white witch” traveled to Bridgeport Connecticut for the inaugural Sound on Sound music festival. On Saturday, Nicks appeared onstage, ending the night with live versions of “Edge of Seventeen,” “Landslide,” “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” “Dreams,” and more hits.

Even if it was cold outside, Nicks mentioned her band’s performance on an even colder night. For her, stopping at Bridgeport, Connecticut felt like “a sunny day in California.”

In an effort to present fresh, new material, sometimes artists forget that a festival set isn’t a headlining concert. The fan-favorite songs shift when artists like Father John Misty and the Lumineers are also thrown into the mix.

Nicks knew exactly who her audience was for Sound on Sound. The singer performed a mix of solo songs and Fleetwood Mac hits. She twirled with her shawl and played her tambourine covered with ribbons. This artist even shared her secret to unwinding when facing anxiety.

“I take my bed off the frame and put it on the floor,” Nicks told the audience. “I don’t know — everything gets better. I go back to the foundation — the beginning of my fun, rock ‘n’ roll life. I feel like a different person. I feel younger. It works. You must try it.”

Nicks mentioned some of the inspiration behind “For What It’s Worth,” which told the story of people asked to go home before 10 p.m. As a rocker herself, Nicks identified with Buffalo Springfield’s song about taking risks and breaking the rules.

Nicks even noted her musical relationship with Tom Petty, covering “Free Fallin’” for the Connecticut-based event. Just as Nicks performed “Edge of Seventeen,” a flock of birds appeared overhead.

It was a magical end to a witchy, black velvety smooth performance from the Fleetwood Mac member. Definitely a highlight for a day filled with music, food, drinks, and early autumn seaside vibes.

Even if the Sound on Sound Festival received criticism for logistic reasons, Nicks proved to be a highlight for many attendees. The artist even performed Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” as an encore.

Other artists featured in the Sound on Sound lineup include Brandi Carlile, The National, Jenny Lewis, Father John Misty, Ziggy Marley, CAAMP, and Gary Clark JR. The Lumineers appeared ahead of Nicks on Saturday, while Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds headline on Sept. 25.

Julia Dzurillay / Showbiz Cheat Sheet / September 25, 2022

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September 27, 2023
Pittsburgh, PA
PPG Paints Arena

October 1, 2023
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden

October 4, 2023
Buffalo, NY
KeyBank Center

October 7, 2023 – BILLY JOEL
Baltimore, MD 
M&T Bank Stadium

October 28, 2023
Memphis, TN
FedEx Forum

November 1, 2023
Savannah, GA
Enmarket Arena

November 4, 2023
Allentown, PA
PPL Center

November 7, 2023
Detroit, MI
Little Caesars Arena

November 10, 2023 – BILLY JOEL
Minneapolis, MN
U.S. Bank Stadium

November 29, 2023
San Diego, CA
Viejas Arena

December 2, 2023
Inglewood, CA
The Kia Forum

December 5, 2023
Palm Desert, CA
Acisure Arena

December  8, 2023 – BILLY JOEL
Phoenix, AZ
Chase Field

December 12, 2023
Sacramento, CA
Golden 1 Center

December 15, 2023
San Francisco, CA
Chase Center

February 10, 2024
Atlantic City, NJ

Mark G Etess Arena
On Sale Friday, September 29. 2023

February 14, 2024
Belmont Park, NY

UBS Arena
On Sale Friday, September 29. 2023

February 21, 2024
Greenville, SC

Bon Secours Wellness Arena
On Sale Friday, September 29. 2023

February 24, 2024
Hollywood, FL

Hard Rock Live ^
On Sale Friday, September 29. 2023

February 28, 2024
New Orleans, LA

Smoothie King Center
On Sale Friday, September 29. 2023

March 3, 2024
Omaha, NE

CHI Health Center
On Sale Friday, September 29. 2023

March 6, 2024 – North Little Rock, AR
Simmons Bank Arena
On Sale Friday, September 29. 2023

March 9, 2024 – BILLY JOEL
Arlington, TX
AT&T Stadium

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Previous 2023 dates

March 10, 2023 – BILLY JOEL
Los Angeles, CA
SoFi Stadium

March 15, 2023
Seattle, WA
Climate Pledge Arena

March 18, 2023
Las Vegas, NV
T-Mobile Arena

May 12, 2023
Raleigh, NC
PNC Arena

May 16, 2023
Knoxville, TN
Thompson-Boling Arena

May 19, 2023 – BILLY JOEL
Nashville, TN
Nissan Stadium

May 22, 2023
Atlanta, GA
State Farm Arena

May 25, 2023
Orlando, FL
Amway Center

June 16, 2023 – BILLY JOEL
Philadelphia, PA
Lincoln Financial Field

June 20, 2023
Toronto, ON (Canada)
Scotiabank Arena

June 23, 2023
Chicago, IL
United Center

June 27, 2023
Louisville, KY
KFC Yum! Center

August 5, 2023 – BILLY JOEL
Columbus, OH
Ohio Stadium

August 8, 2023
Milwaukee, WI
Fiserv Forum

August 12, 2023
Houston, TX
Toyota Center

August 15, 2023
Austin, TX
Moody Center

August 19, 2023 – BILLY JOEL
Kansas City, MO
Arrowhead Stadium

September 23, 2023 – BILLY JOEL
Foxborough, MA
Gillette Stadium

2022 Tour

Stevie Nicks

Jazz Aspen Snowmass
Snowmass, CO
Labor Day 2022

Ravinia Festival
Highland Park, IL
September 8, 2022
September 10, 2022

Pine Knob Music Theatre
Clarkston, MI
September 13, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Sea Hear Now Festival
Asbury, NJ
September 17, 2022

Xfinity Center
Mansfield, MA
September 19, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Maine Savings Amphitheatre
Bangor, ME
September 22, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Sound on Sound Festival
Bridgeport, CT
September 24-25, 2022

Ohana Festival
Dana Point, CA
September 30, 2022

Hollywood Bowl
Los Angeles, CA
October 3, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Ak-Chin Pavilion

Phoenix, AZ
October 6, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

The Woodlands, TX
October 9, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Alpharetta, GA
October 12, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Ascend Amphitheater
Nashville, TN
October 16, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Credit One Stadium
Charleston, SC
October 19, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

PNC Music Pavilion
Charlotte, NC
October 22, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Tampa, FL
October 25, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
West Palm Beach, FL
October 28, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Orion Amphitheatre
Huntsville, AL
October 31, 2022


Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
The Woodlands, TX
November 2, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Ak-Chin Pavilion
Phoenix, AZ
November 5, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

For What It’s Worth (2022)

Edge of Midnight (2020)

Beautiful People Beautiful Problems (2017)

New Release

Stevie Nicks, Stand Back 1981-2017, compilation