Christine and the Queens at the Fox Theater, by Ian Young
Christine and the Queens (photo: Ian Young)

As a concert photographer and lover of live music, I’ve been lucky enough to attend quite a number of shows, performances and festivals. But every now and then a performer comes along and makes you feel like you’re experiencing live music for the first time.

Héloïse Letissier, better known as Chris, flanked by dancers and an ace backing band, stunned the crowd at the Fox Theater in Oakland with a flawless, inspiring and jaw-dropping performance. From the technical perfection of a highly choreographed and physically demanding show to the emotional delivery of her deeply personal yet refreshingly poppy songs, the evening is one I won’t forget any time soon.

See the photos below for a glimpse into what the show is about, and then get on a bus, in a car, or on a plane to catch Chris at her next stop. It’s worth it.