City and Colour Concert Recap

Photo: Matt Carlin

Photo: Matt Carlin

The House of Blues was sold out for an evening with one of Canada’s finest musicians, Dallas Green, also known as City and Colour. Dallas was the only Texas date on his tour due to having to cancel the remaining dates because of Hurricane Harvey. Fortunately, I was in the right city to catch this divine performance.

Kicking off the evening was New Zealand Singer/Songwriter Marlon Williams who had the doo-wop style of Elvis Presley or G-Eazy and a voice that resembled Johnny Cash. With his Americana/Folk sound, an acoustic guitar and no other band members, his voice was his weapon, echoing throughout the venue. Williams even threw in a Willie Nelson cover cause why not? After all we are in Texas.

Photo: Matt Carlin

Finally came City And Colour, who came out to an extremely quiet rendition of “Sensible Heart” with the only beam of light shining on the bearded frontman. Following up their intimate opening was “Killing Time” which got the crowd into a roar and immediately picked up the pace, setting the tone for the night.

After powering through a set filled with tracks from their entire catalogue, City and Colour finally played the crowd favorite and arguably most popular song, “The Girl”. The crowd’s singing was so loud and powerful at times that you couldn’t even hear the band. Everyone in attendance belted every word to the song wholeheartedly, myself included, giving the impression you were singing side-by-side with 1,000 of your closest friends.

By the end of the night, all you wanted was one more song, while simultaneously knowing you were content that it was a near perfect evening. City and Colour put on a remarkable performance that left everyone on a high as they exited the venue. I highly recommend that you see them the next time they’re in your city!