The Joy Formidable: Live at Legends of Notre Dame, 4/11/13

Muruch’s Mid-West reviewer/photographer Jen “Coble” Hopper caught The Joy Formidable’s concert at Notre Dame’s Legends Nightclub last Thursday, April 11th. You can read her thoughts about and see her photographs of the show below…

The Joy Formidable played Legends of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN) on Thursday, April 11th. Their original set date a couple of days earlier was cancelled due to illness, but when the threesome took the stage, they started off playing like champions.

Ritzy took the stage with bright smiles, bouncing around and engaging the crowd as they were treated to songs off of their latest record, Wolf’s Law.

“This Ladder is Ours” looked and sounded amazing as Ritzy and Rhydian donned rockstar poses all over the stage. Don’t be mislead by the sweet vocals and tiny, petite frame: Ritzy dons a guitar like any guitar god, just one of her many talents as the band’s front woman.

Sadly, the magic ended mid-set as Ritzy began to feel faint. The band cancelled the rest of the set so they could get Ritzy to a medic.

The Joy Formidable have a full summer of touring ahead of them, so there are plenty of opportunities to catch them for a full set in their (hopefully healthier) future.

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Live Review: Ted Leo at Notre Dame

On Friday January 28th, Ted Leo stopped by Notre Dame’s Legends NightClub in South Bend, Indiana to play an intimate solo set for students and guests. The show was originally part of a larger tour which has been pushed back to later this spring, so the opportunity to catch him on a cold January evening was not to be missed by Muruch’s Mid-West freelancing superduo Jen “Coble” Hopper and Chelle. The set consisted of selections that spanned Ted Leo’s lengthy discography, as well as covers of Teenage Fanclub and Aimee Mann tunes, and a couple of requests to indulge the enthusiastic crowd. Coble’s photographs from the concert follow…

More solo dates are posted on Ted’s website and if you have the chance, go check him out.