Ingrid Michaelson recently performed at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia as part of her “Lights Out Tour“. The tour began in late April and she has already performed in 28 locations. Ingrid Michaelson will also be going to Canada, Australia, and Singapore. At the Electric Factory, Sugar and the Hi-Lows and Storyman opened the show. This show at the Electric Factory was nothing short of amazing. This was probably one of the best combination tours I’ve seen in a long time.
Joining Ingrid in Boston was Storyman. Kevin May and Mick Lynch are Irish-born lads and make up the bulk of this group. Storyman performed their unique music that certainly had that sense of bred Irish accent to it. They brought soulful atmospheric sounds, a bit of Irish melancholy and combined it with their beautiful lyrics and melody. They worked with The Guggenheim Grotto. With the continuous traveling and heavy tour schedules, the team have since parted ways. Now they live in Brooklyn and have started working with Chris Kuffner, who is also the producer for Ingrid Michaelson.
Sugar + Hi-Lows
Sugar and the Hi-Lows performed an awesome opening set. Trent Dabbs and Amy Stroup really brought a lot of feel-good nostalgia. Dabbs early influences was the Motown of Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations. Basically his dad’s music collection which he couldn’t stand as a kid. But we all come around as Dabbs did. My dad for years tried to get me into Dolly Parton. I eventually came around.
Dabbs started co-writing songs with Stroups and eventually formed the Sugar and the Hi-Lows. From their debut in 2012 until now, this group has been widely recognized. They were featured in the Huffington Post and USA Today. They’ve performed hundreds of shows. I’m not sure where they’re headed next, but I hope they don’t stop making music.