The singer’s return to Grand Rapids was greeted by an engaged and passionate sold-out crowd at Meijer Gardens on Monday. The Local Spins review and photo gallery.
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Philadelphia’s Amos Lee brought the soul of summer to Grand Rapids for a sold-out show Monday at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.
And as Lee opened his set with “All You Got is a Song” from his most recent album “My New Moon,” the amphitheater crowd immediately livened up, grooving to the music and never losing focus from that point on.
Even in between songs, the crowd was so attentive that Lee was able to have open conversations with fans in the crowd without interruption.
“The energy here is awesome,” said Spencer Christian of Grand Rapids, who was attending his first show at Meijer Gardens. “You can tell that every single person here is passionate about the music.”
During the second half of the show, Lee even brought up a 10-year-old pal, Lily, from Grandville, who met Lee through a foundation for ill children. She sang “Little Light,” from Lee’s most recent album, 2018’s “My New Moon,” as the crowd responded with rousing cheers and a standing ovation.
Lee — buoyed throughout by a flawless seven-piece band — clearly reveled in the perfect summer weather, joking about how these kind of nights only come around 20 or 30 days a year in Michigan.
“It’s great to be back here,” said the singer, who also showed off his smooth dance moves during the show. “You Michiganders love getting outside after staying in from September to May 28th, huh?”
Mutlu Onaral, also a Philly native, opened the show by flaunting his rich, smooth voice while playing acoustic guitar in intimate fashion.
It all made for an inspiring, “little light” of a show, propelled by a breezy summer night, soulful vocals and passionate focus from a capacity crowd.
NEXT UP AT MEIJER GARDENS: Andrew Bird on Thursday; The Gipsy Kings on Sunday. Details, ticket info online at meijergardens.org.
PHOTO GALLERY: Amos Lee, Mutlu at Meijer Gardens
Photos by Jamie Geysbeek