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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

For What It’s Worth (2022)

TWO ICONS ONE NIGHT

Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks

March 10, 2023
Los Angeles, CA
SoFi Stadium

April 10, 2023
Arlington, TX
AT&T Stadium

May 19, 2023
Nissan Stadium
Nashville, TN

August 5, 2023
Ohio Stadium
Columbus, OH

August 19, 2023
Arrowhead Stadium
Kansas City, MO

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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

POSTPONED
Ak-Chin Pavilion

Phoenix, AZ
October 6, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

POSTPONED
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

RESCHEDULED SHOWS

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

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

 

Edge of Midnight (2020)

Beautiful People Beautiful Problems (2017)

New Release

Stevie Nicks, Stand Back 1981-2017, compilation

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