XPNFest Recap: Ingrid Michaelson dazzled the River Stage

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Ingrid Michaelson | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Ingrid Michaelson | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Two truths about singer-songwriter and XPN favorite Ingrid Michaelson: she writes ridiculously catchy, heartfelt songs. And she knows how to work an crowd. During her set before a packed, captive audience at the River Stage of the XPoNential Festival on Saturday, Michaelson exhibited both of these strengths, delivering sharp performances of songs from across her catalog – the rousing new “Home” and “Time Machine,” older numbers like “Breakable” and “Way I Am” – and having lively banter with the audience between songs.

She told a hysterical story about her XPoNential appearance in 2009, where she and her bandmates watched a member of the audience get smacked in the head with a beach ball. She demanded that an (evidently) impossibly young looking woman in the front row with a baby share her makeup regimen. Laughter was just as prevalent as cheers and even tears. Check out a photo gallery of the performance and the setlist below.

Setlist
Home
Fire
Soldier
Parachute
Time Machine
Breakable
Rude
You & I
Be OK
Warpath
Girls Chase Boys
Way I Am
Maybe Everybody
Afterlife

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