Esmé Patterson plays “psychedelic soul” live at the Burl

Esme Patterson performs at the Burl on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff

Esmé Patterson, a Denver-based singer specializing in psychedelic soul music, brought her unique vibes to the Burl stage Wednesday evening. 

Patterson was accompanied by Lexington’s own Western Movies, who played a eclectic set of rock songs, and singer-songwriter Daisy Helmuth.

For most of her set, Patterson wore a bright pink wig while playing the rhythm guitar and singing vocals, but near the end of the set she threw it onto the stage floor, revealing her natural brown hair to thunderous applause from the crowd.

Backed by a band of frequent collaborators, Patterson played a combination of previously released material and newly written songs to be included in an upcoming untitled project.

“It’s really fun to play with the group of musicians that I’m with now, they’re really incredible,” Patterson told the Kernel in an interview held before the show. “I think that’s important in music. If you’re not having fun, you’re wasting your time.”

For more from our chat with Patterson, where she talks about some of her favorite musicians and the inspirations behind her album “We Were Wild,” click here.