Review: Beyond the Fringe
Sarah Potenza quoted her always quotable musical pal and fashion consultant Elizabeth Cook on stage at Roots this week. “Let the fringe do the work,” she said as she talked about one aspect of her transition from coffee house singer to stage rocker and the interesting choices and challenges it brings. Sarah’s fringe was long and purple and flowy, like a jungle bird. Her friend and fellow performer Crystal Bowersox sported her fringe on brown leather pants. But there was nothing fringy about their performances or the overall sound of a mesmerizing parade of foundational Americana music in Liberty Hall on July 29. From a folk soul opening to a retro-soul funk-ass finish, it was an epic edition of the program featuring one of the best guest duo performances we’ve ever seen.