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PHOTOS: Baroness holds church at The Varsity

Baroness performs at The Varsity in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on August 4, 2019. Photo by Amy Breaux.

BATON ROUGE — Heavy metal artists Baroness held their own kind of church when they stopped by The Varsity on Sunday night, along with political punk rock outfit War on Women.

Baton Rouge marked the Baltimore-based War on Women’s first show with Baroness, and if lead singer Shawna Potter hadn’t pointed it out, no one would have ever been the wiser. Their lyrics lean toward angry and express the exasperation of a generation frustrated with the world around them. Potter’s voice ranged from growling to screaming, but she did both with great aplomb.

Photo Credit: Amy Breaux

War on Women Setlist
Capture the Flag
Lone Wolves
Second Wave Goodbye
Silence is the Gift
Say It
Predator in Chief
Divisive Shit
Pleasure & the Beast
HS Reunion

The venue went dark and the crowd erupted as Baroness took the stage. The production was simple: they didn’t need lasers and strobes. The band really allows their musicianship to take center stage. Playing songs from their newest release Gold & Grey, frontman John Baizley and guitarist Gina Gleason were in such synch it was mesmerizing. Gleason is really enigmatic, stomping around the stage and really showing a virtuoso talent.

Photo Credit: Amy Breaux

Baroness Setlist
March Horse
Green Theme

Remaining Baroness Tour Dates
08/06 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
08/07 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
08/09 – Orlando, FL @ Plaza Live
08/10 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall
08/11 – Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
08/13 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
08/14 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
08/16 – Richmond, VA @ The National
08/17 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage

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