Maddy Hershiser performed an acoustic set at Sunshine Studios Live, on Oct. 12. She was the opening act alongside The Widowhood Effect, Pain Machine and Darkness Within. Street Corner Gypsy was the main support and Kofi Baker’s Cream Experience was the headlining act.
Hershiser is a woman band whom plays both the guitar, provides vocals and plays the ukulele.
Soon after Hershiser approached the microphone stand, she greeted the audience and mentioned how she was from Castle Rock, Colo. She went onto say she would play a few songs for them, some of which were originals and a few cover songs. After plugging in her guitar, she began her performance with “I Won’t Say It”.
After covering System of a Down’s “Lonely Day”, Hershiser mentioned she wrote “The Reason Why” for her boyfriend. She reminisced how she invited him to the concert. She stated why he was unable to attend because he had already planned to go to Hawaii. Afterwards—she complimented how attractive the audience were and how she really could not see them, due to the lighting situation.
Prior to “City Lights”, Hershiser spoke of how the song would be another original and slower song. She walked away from the microphone, removed the guitar strap from around her neck, placed her guitar down and picked up the ukulele. The crowd continued to cheer, during the instrument exchange. Then, she pulled up her seat and joked with the audience. She continued into the next song with the ukulele and covered Ingrid Michaelson’s “You and I”, as she used the base as a percussion piece.
Before Hershiser continued her recital with “Picture Frames”, she exchanged her ukulele for her guitar. She moved her seat to the side and spoke of the inspiration behind the song. She said she knew the story behind the song was cliché because it was about one of her ex-boyfriends. She described him as being a portion of a woman’s hygiene product because he broke her heart. After she mentioned it, the crowd aligned themselves with her and booed her ex-boyfriend.
Without taking a break, Hershiser ended her performance with a cover of Lorde’s “Royals”. As she had done prior with the ukulele—she tapped the base over the strings, to provide percussion. Towards the end of the song—she gripped the microphone with her hand, sang a cappella and brought an end to her concert.