When we saw Flint Eastwood (a.k.a. Jax Anderson) open for Pvris back in February at The Rave / Eagles Club in Milwaukee, we knew immediately we had witnessed something special. If her braided pigtails and booming voice weren’t enough to get you going, her brazen dance moves and contagious smile made for a stage presence that exuded confidence and an unmatched, exceptionally positive state of being. April 28 at the Majestic was no different for the pop artist.
Living up to our already high expectations from her last performance, our neighbor from Detroit undeniably brought her strong, signature authoritative persona to Madison, braided pigtails and all. Putting her hand in front of a phone recording in the front row — To encourage being present? Living in the “now?” We’d like to think so. — her interactive actions and quick wit kept the entire room engaged and moving. The entire performance was filled with an electric energy that connected everyone in the venue and gave us no reason not to dance.
Controlling the crowd with favorites such as “Monster” and “Queen” off her Broke Royalty EP, Eastwood’s clear voice made singing along easy. Accompanied on stage by Dalton Thomas on drums and Joel Parks on bass, all three brought a next wave level of performance. While live instruments, and an echoing synth or two, paired with sharp vocals made for a technically clean show, Eastwood’s empowering lyrics is truly what separates her from other artists. Lines “I will stay with you” from ‘Glitches’ and “‘cause we’re alright, alright” from ‘Monster’ — with the latter being a favorite for the crowd to chant — serve as positive reminders that we’re all trying to figure it (i.e. life) out and, more importantly, we don’t have to figure it out alone.
Already center stage, Anderson wasn’t afraid to call out anyone in the room not participating — with a gentle, yet stern voice, of course. With self-acceptance as a source and backbone to the Flint Eastwood name, she (loudly) shushed the entire theater to silence in order to speak words of blunt positivity to the crowd: “The only difference between you and your idols,” she began, “is that they probably put in a hell of a lot more work than you did … If there’s something you’ve always wanted to do, but felt that you couldn’t … you’re going to go home tonight and start putting work in … you’re gonna go home and start.” Now, if that doesn’t fire you up to chase after your dreams, we don’t know what to tell you.
Take a look at some of our favorite photos from the night below.