Wednesday’s concert at Kalamazoo State Theatre displayed the riveting power of the singer-songwriter’s acclaimed catalog. The review, photos and set list at Local Spins.
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Arresting songs, heavenly harmonies, audience sing-alongs.
In short, indie-folk artist Gregory Alan Isakov delivered an exceptional show at the historic Kalamazoo State Theatre on Wednesday evening for a sold-out crowd.
The Colorado-based songwriter displayed his striking song repertoire backed by a five-piece band, a plethora of instrumentation and heavenly full-band harmonies.
The excitement in the room was palpable, even a bit distracting from what was happening on stage.
The audience proved to be rather rambunctious and outspoken for such a delicate and song-driven show, at times talking or shouting over Isakov’s banter and delicate song intros.
Isakov and his band — featuring a drummer, bassist, keyboardist, violinist and guitarist — journeyed through his much-adored discography with riveting energy and a hint of rock ‘n’ roll during certain crescendos.
Highlights included show opener “San Luis,” a song with an instantly recognizable and arresting melody, “Chemicals,” a poetic and longful ballad, and “Big Black Car,” perhaps his most popular number that found the audience singing along to each line.
The evening concluded with not one but two encores and a standing ovation.
Isakov huddled around a single microphone with his bandmates, each wielding acoustic instruments while unfurling a three-song set that included “Dandelion Wine,” “Saint Valentine” and “All Shades of Blue.”
PHOTO GALLERY: Gregory Alan Isakov at Kalamazoo State Theatre
Photos by Derek Ketchum
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