Before The Staves took the stage, we were treated to a performance by Mikaela Davis, a harp-wielding singer – or a singing harpist – she was impressively good at both. Before we arrived, we didn’t know who was opening for The Staves but we were not expecting to see/hear a harp! The sound from the harp was surprising and interesting; we quickly found ourselves entranced by the music.
The Staveley-Taylor sisters sang in harmony and took turns playing guitar, keyboard, ukulele - you name it - all accompanied by a drummer. The variety and complexity of the music being produced on that stage was incredible.
Friday was the last night of their five week tour, and was the largest venue that they played at so they were having a lot of fun with the crowd. The atmosphere was great and one of The Staves even tried crowd-surfing for the first time!
After playing for quite a while, they left the stage and came back for an acoustic encore. Mikaela Davis (the singing harpist) also joined them for one of their covers and one of their songs.
We enjoyed a great evening of music at the Phoenix Concert Theatre and may or may not have purchased both of their albums online when we got home. What can we say, The Staves are awesome!