Joanna Newsom performs Sept. 9 at the Civic Theatre.
Joanna Newsom's immense 2010 triple album Have One on Me opened her gorgeous arrangements in widescreen, a sweeping, panoramic vision of heartbreak demanding close and repeat listens. Following her breakthrough second LP Ys, Have One on Me gathered lush, elegant arrangements with Newsom at her harp and as a lyricist spinning intricate fable-like narratives and intimate portraits, sung in her famously creaking old house of a voice, from some heavenly opera or an imagined Appalachian siren.
It was the last we'd hear from the artist for five years. But 2015's Divers revealed Newsom mastering her balance of dense, rich arrangements with a delicate and personal scope, one that's sincere, lovelorn, coping with all of the world's impending doom and singing alongside it all.
Her last performance in New Orleans was at Tipitina's in 2010 on the final heels of Have One on Me, and her recent tour dates in Divers' wake finally have circled back to the city. She performs Friday, Sept. 9 at the Civic Theatre.
She also performs Sept. 7 at ACL Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas and Sunday, Sept. 11. at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta.
Tickets to the Civic show are $30-$35 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 22.