Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Sarah McLachlan & Co. Perform at Lilith, the Sequel

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Sarah McLachlan & Co. Perform at Lilith, the Sequel

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Flanked by two huge banners of the mythological Lilith, SarahMcLachlan exulted to her roughly 30,000 screaming fans, "This is a selfishdream made reality!"

Indeed, her vision of a touring ensemble of women in music isnow in its second summer. Over the stretch of a 12-hour hot summer day,Lilith Fair '98 played the Rose Bowl to about three-quarters of a selloutcrowd. The reception was testament to the maturing of a concept thatMcLachlan had a hard time selling just over a year ago.

Perhaps in recognition of its core white-female audience, thelineup has broadened only slightly from its first outing. But Erykah Badugave the audience a change of pace with some jazzy vocals and greatcostumes.

Ernie, a former radio music director from New York City,observes that even though the audience remains overwhelmingly homogeneous,the music is first-rate.

"I'm here because I like to hear good music, whoever plays it,"he muses between Indigo Girls and Natalie Merchant sets. …

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