It's rare to find an entire venue in silence. However, Trixie Whitley's performance last night at the White Rabbit Cabaret had the crowd in a mute awe. It wasn't so much about sheer volume with her music, but rather, the interplay between the quiet and her stylings.
Johnny Nicholson opened for Whitley. He delivered a one-man act that performed emotional, indie rock. There were moments when his voice would soar out and rattle the eardrums of the crowd. On one occasion, he sang acapella through an effects box, which resulted in a bluesy, electronic sound.
When Trixie entered the stage, she plopped down on the keys and started crooning. Her voice is massive, the kind of massive that steals your attention from any other thought and leaves you in a meditative gaze. Listening to her sing and play the keys or strings was a goosebump-invoking experience. She owns a powerful set of windpipes, which grant her a sultry singing voice. This is the reason the audience sat in quiet reverence of her performance. When music stirs your emotions in a way that makes you so contemplative, it is hard to not hold the performance to the highest standard.
Giving a throwback to Sly and the Family Stone, she incorporated the noise of a drum machine off their album Fresh. For this song, she called up a bassist to give it that real funky feel. The rest of her set, though, was done solo. Her song "Fourth Corner" was influenced by Morocco, which can be sensed in its edgy, acoustic tone. Although she is a great instrumentalist, her vocals set her apart. All in all, Trixie Whitley put on a stellar show that made for a memory searing night at White Rabbit Cabaret.