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Lauryn Hill at Higher Ground: Fail or Fantastic? 

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Would she show up, or wouldn't she? It was the question seemingly on the minds of everyone who dropped $60 to see Lauryn Hill perform last night at Higher Ground. Apparently, Hill, the former Fugees star and and famous flamer-outer, has a history of ditching shows people have paid good money to see. So every ticketholder for last night's show was wondering the same thing — would she, or wouldn't she?

That anyone would spend $60 to see Ms. Lauryn Hill perform songs from her near-anorexic body of work, was mind-blowing to me. Don't get me wrong — The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was a singularly stellar album and provided the soundtrack to my junior year of college. But sister has 14 songs to her name, not including those penned with the Fugees, and hasn't released an album since 2002's MTV Unplugged No. 2.0. So $60 is a bit rich for my blood, on principle. But maybe I'm just a cheapskate. 

Bucking speculation that she would be a no-show, Hill played Higher Ground just like her people promised she would. Granted, she went on at 11:30 p.m. — an hour and a half after she was supposed to hit the stage. Some people got so fed up with waiting, they demanded refunds from Higher Ground. And, according to a Higher Ground employee, they did give a "handful" of refunds due to the high cost of the ticket and the fact that the show was on a Sunday night, as opposed to a non-school/work night. 

So what I'm wondering, fair readers, is this: How was the show? Was it worth the 60 shekels? Did she blow you away? Did she live up to the hype? Were the back-up singers the best part of the night? If you wouldn't spend $60 to see Lauryn Hill, who would you spend that much, or more, to see? Lady Gaga? Insane Clown Posse? Nelson? Let us know below. 


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Lauren Ober was a Seven Days staff writer from 2009-2011.

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