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Bon Secours Wellness Arena

Bon Secours Wellness Arena

650 N Academy St
Greenville, SC
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December 10th 2023
Lauren Daigle: 12/9/23 “It’s as if Scrooge and the Grinch smiled together upon me granting the gift of one last non-holiday show to end my year at Greenville’s Bon Secours Wellness Arena Saturday evening. Lauren (‘the Christian Adele’) has been a hot ticket since the day the event went on sale back in March, and not altogether a cheap date either ($52-166.50 plus fees —always tack on at least a third). Majorly behind the times, I had only learned recently that the Grammy, Billboard, and American Music Award winning singer is primarily a Christian artist. Being familiar mostly with her pop crossover hit ‘You Say’ how would I have known until I recently noticed ‘These Are The Days’ climbing the charts in the Christian circuit. Putting my hat in the ring this week, I entered Magic 106.3’s contest for a pair of tickets and to my surprise won. Needless to say I was thrilled as I had been following the event from the very beginning. The Greenville show marked the 30th and final date of her 2023’s Kaleidoscope Tour which ended in a whirlwind of three shows in three cities in three days. With 4 studio albums, 1 EP, 42 charted singles including 8 number ones, the show was expected to lean heavy on material from her 2023 eponymous album which had been released in two volumes over the space of three months. The album itself which compiles two years of studio work, is in one man’s opinion, a neo-soul masterpiece worthy of more than just a casual listen-over. The show was an as expected sell-out save a few seats that opened up last moment on the lower sides (sections 105 and 111) with restricted views. My seats were upper bowl side stage slightly toward the front, four rows above the bowl divider. Arriving early I made my way to the stage front for a close up revealing an orange carnival curtain tent semi-circled backdrop concealing all but keyboards and percussion instruments in the forefront allocated for the opening artist’s set. The Kaleidoscope logo shone on the curtain with a walkway extending out more than halfway into the floor sections that ended in a lighted circular B-stage. A row of floor lamps covered the entire length of the stage floor from left to right. During the performance the main artist’s full band could be seen partially hidden just above a lower barrier of curtaining with video screens placed in between upper and lower curtains to the far left and right ends of the stage. The whole atmosphere in the building could be summed up as warm and inviting. At 7:30 promptly the lights went down for Lauren’s opener Victory Elyse Boyd aka ‘Victory’ to take the stage for a 25 minute / 4 song set. It was her eighth performance on the tour which utilized three different opening acts at different phases. One of nine siblings from Detroit, the singer who began her career as a New York busker which led to an appearance on ABC’s Morning Show and a songwriting credit on Kanye West’s ‘Closed For Sunday’, she excelled vocally throughout the performance. Backed by a four person band her soul fused honey rasp vocals proved the perfect recipe necessary to set the stage for the oncoming of the main performer. Drawing three songs from her 2023 release ‘Glory Hour’ she added in one Christmas song, ‘O Holy Night’, to cheers from the audience. ‘Listen it’s December ninth and I don’t remember a year where it’s gotten this close to Christmas and I don’t have the Christmas feels.’ One fan in the floor section responded with a commandingly loud, ‘Merry Christmas!’ Victory responded, ‘Thank you I needed that’, it was the only Christmas song of the evening. Following what felt like forever for a simple stage turn, the lights dimmed once again as the stage curtains illuminated with flashes of lightning and the sounds of an electrical storm over the main sound system. At 8:50 p.m. Lauren Ashleigh Daigle 32 from Lafayette Louisiana took the stage, true to her LA roots with a three piece brass section (trumpet, trombone, saxophone) leading the way down the catwalk for a 2 hour and 5 minute / 20 song set. Beginning with her currently #29 on the charts single from the new album ‘These Are The Days’, the first three songs all from the 2023 release set the pace of the evening with a staggering dozen songs from the new album —consisting of sixty percent of her total material. ‘My name is Lauren, I’m so glad to see y’all tonight, this is like the joy of my heart, I love it so much, I love it, I love it, I love it, I love it.’ Marching up and down the walkway, reading signs, and interacting with the audience all along the way her simple mannerisms combined with a pure joy was contagious especially to those adjacent to the runway. It was of note that there was no pit, everyone was seated in proximity to the runway and somehow it unexpectedly fostered a more intimate artist/fan interaction. Calling selected fans up onto the stage, she staged an unmiked—unamped screaming competition to which a fan by the name of Alyssa was the clear winner. Another Daigle fan ‘Amy Erlanger’ conjectured up some free dance moves front and center stage that were both uninhibited and unbridled, Lauren commenting, ‘I just like a good sheer ruckus!’ The Louisiana horns were strong on ‘New’ and the number one single ‘Trust In You’ brought the sextet of three background singers and three horn players out onto the circular end stage while the backing musicians remained on the main stage. Each member of the 12 piece band was dressed all in white, shirt, pants, and sneakers accentuated in Kaleidoscope colors, Daigle herself wore pants covered in a daisy print featuring every color of the rainbow. ‘He's Never Gunna Change’ was performed with purple and white starlight projected onto the stage curtains and was perhaps Daigle’s best vocal performance of the evening. Prior to the singing of ‘Valuable’ a personal favorite of mine, Daigle explained the concept of the Kaleidoscope Tour. ‘It only happens one time, you’ll only see that image one time and one time only. The second you put it up to the light something beautiful comes on the other side the view, it’s pretty miraculous. Some of you came with incredible joy. Some of you came with the weight of sorrow. We all come in here with our stories… portraying this beautiful thing that God has put inside of each one of you —a story’. The hit’s continued with chart toppers ‘Hold On To Me’ and ‘Rescue’ and the complete band was brought out to the b-stage for a traditional Nashville styled writer’s round for ‘Saint Ferdinand’, ‘Inherited’ (a song about family) and ‘How Can It Be’ her very first single from 2014’s EP. There were however some lulls in the action which left more fast-paced folk such as myself feeling a little antsy. An audience member called out, ‘We got all night’ as Daigle quantified, ‘I like slowing time down. I think it’s a good thing to have to be still for a second.’ I couldn’t help but ask myself multiple times throughout the course of the evening ‘Is she really that simple and innocent a soul? If so, how in the world had she been propelled into such a status of stardom?’ My conclusion, ‘Yes, and that sheer authenticism is something we all long for, something we both crave and desire. The evening’s opener Victory was brought back onstage for a semi-traditional rendering of ‘His Eye Is On The Sparrow’ in duet form. The party in the streets atmosphere was not altogether done as each singer was introduced and everyone returned to the main stage for colorfully upbeat renderings of ‘Kaleidoscope Jesus’, ‘Turbulent Skies’, and the number 4 hit ‘Still Rolling Stones’ all performed in tandem. As the concert was winding toward its conclusion it was obvious that three nights of performing in a row had begun to take its toll on the singers voice, though it never slowed her down for a moment physically. It seems to me that many seasoned performers have eventually learned to schedule days off between dates in order to deliver their very best, maybe we’ll just chalk that up to her still being young in her career. Daigle however saved the best for last with her all time cross-genre number one ‘You Say’. With lights dimmed she was found standing on a small one person b-stage all the way to the rear of the auditorium to the right of the mixing board to the delight of her fans who remained content all evening located far from the main action. Dismounting the stage mid-song she made her way back to mid arena shaking every hand extended in outreach. In an exhibition of sheer gratitude for her fans she could not stop thanking folk for coming out, ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you so much for being a part of our night. We love you so much!’ The Kaleidoscope Tour was an event to be experienced not just a concert, one that will never be reduplicated again as such that I was grateful to have been a part of. Even though it left less room for many of her number ones with a scattering of them missing from the set, the entire vibe was something especially unique. Lauren’s music career began by singing in her church choir. She paid for her own vocal lessons with money earned by scrubbing toilets. After being bedridden for two years with an autoimmune disease and two failed attempts at American Idol she learned to not rush the process, describing it in her own words, ‘There was this trust that [God] started to build in me. I started realizing that God was trying to connect some dots.’ ’If I want my purest worship to come out, I have to have unhindered expression’. At thirty-two she has found her voice and loves her sound. There are no signs of letting down, and with a fan base consisting of folk from all walks of life she has become a solid musical force, one to be reckoned with!” Review and photo by DAve (Concert #844)
DAve
November 10th 2023
Dave Matthews Band: 11/8/23 “Based primarily on my ongoing concert shenanigans, my motto for years has been ‘I’d Rather Be At A DAve Show’, however I had yet to see DMB LIVE until now, better late than never. When the opportunity presented itself back in September I jumped on the presale, scoring my seat in Bon Secours Arena’s upper bowl, row two. I was more concerned about taking in the entire experience rather than being close up, not to mention my wallet took a considerably less hit. Not being a classic jam band disciple I took advantage of the two month wait to familiarize myself with the essentials. The Grammy award winning band from Charlottesville VA came into town Wednesday with 10 studio albums, 30 charted singles including 9 number ones and too many live releases to list out. Aside from Matthews, founding members Stefan Lessard (bass), and Carter Beauford (drums) remain since its inception in 1991. In addition, onboard since 2009, are guitarist Tim Reynolds (a solo artist in his own right with 13 of his own studio albums) and Jeff Coffin on saxophone (formerly Bela Fleck), with Rashawn Ross on trumpet since 2006 who has worked with too many session musicians to list out. In 2018 keyboardist Buddy Strong (formerly Usher) took a permanent place in the band. Billed the ‘DMB 2023 Fall Tour’ the 8 city tour began in Savannah and concludes in New York, New York. The mini-tour was likely a dry run for their upcoming South African run and subsequent European tour which begins next month. Greenville’s show was only the second date so there were no prior set lists to follow along with, not that they would do any good since each gig is different with its own respective set. As one would expect the event was a sell out save a few restricted view seats behind the mix and on the upper side stage corners that opened up on Ticketmaster’s map once the band had set up. In typical fashion I was sure to arrive early for a close up peak of the stage set which majorly was an open concept. Keys were to the left, drums in the middle and horns to the right which included trumpet and four different saxophones set up on stands directly in the forefront. Four stage height light towers enclosed in three large video screens taking up the entire stage length. The top lights which could be raised, lowered, and pivoted at will were enclosed in frames which doubled as LED screens giving the stage a multi-dimensional appearance. Psychedelic patterns were most often displayed during the performance when individual close ups of band members were not shown on the screens. A nearly filled to capacity pit covered a full third of the floor. Despite an ‘Important Message’ appearing on social media stating, ‘Dave Matthews takes the stage at 7:30 PM, no opening band, get there early’, the Wednesday crowd was slow to trickle in. At 7:51 David John Matthews 56 from Johannesburg South Africa with band took the stage for a 2 hour and 35 minute / 19 song performance beginning with a pair of obscure 90’s cuts: ‘Spoon’ from the ‘Crowded Streets’ album and ‘One Sweet World’. Dave who had few words to say most evening long broke the silence by welcoming the crowd, ‘Thank you very much for spending your Wednesday evening with us this evening. What we will do is what we planned to do and um hopefully y’all have a good time.’ With that, the band started the opening notes of their #5 ‘Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)’ to cheers from the crowd. A loud ‘Thank you Dave’ shout could be distinguished as some folk, although not all, were there to hear the hits. After ‘Joy Begin’ Dave began to address his activities during the pandemic and the same boisterous fan yelled out ‘Don’t get depressing’. Dave kept it lite though, ‘I found myself quite often along with many other things, I ate a lot of mushrooms, (then he qualified what he meant to laughter from the audience) Shiitake and other ones, Lion’s Mane and ah, I think I wrote a song about it.’ The song ensuing was the title cut from his latest album, the psychedelic ‘Walk Around The Moon’ one of three songs peppered in throughout the evening from the new release. The hits were also peppered in although not the majority of them, with ‘Grace Is Gone’ coming next featuring some great pinky slide work by Tim and ending with some impressive improve jazz by Buddy on keys. ‘You Never Know’ a deeper cut from ‘Busted Stuff’ followed, it’s performance had a distinct 1970’s Genesis concert-like feel in both sound and lighting (heavy on the keys, heavy on the drums), come to find out in a later read that Peter Gabriel has been one of Dave’s big inspirations. The next song, introduced by Dave as being ‘from the olden times’ was 1994’s ‘Jimi Thing’ which turned into an all out jam as the make up and composition of the original version no doubt entirely supports. Dave took a back seat to let Rashawn take lead vocals on a cover of Commodores ‘Brick House’ after which he introduced the original members of the band. ‘Me and Stefan and Carter been playing music together for going on now going on pretty close to thirty-tree years, feels like two hundred and thirty years!’ By inserting 2001’s #1 ‘The Space Between’, Dave broke an otherwise quieter lull in the set and fired up the near 13,000 person crowd into an all standing position once again.’ Shake Me Like A Monkey’ from the ‘Big Whiskey’ album came across with as much of psychedelic feel that you’d catch in a vintage Pink Floyd show. And just like that, it was hard to believe that over two hours had passed and Dave was thanking us once again for coming out on a Wednesday evening as 1995’s ‘Ants Marching’ ended the regular set. The audience sang along to every word, ‘Take these chances, place them in a box until a quieter time, lights down you up and die.’ With Dave and band exiting the stage and all the lights down the audience kept the decibel levels up non stop (as loud as I’ve heard in quite a while) all the while illuminating the darkened arena with cell phone lights until he appeared back on stage. Dave came back out for a two song encore beginning with a solo performance of Pearl Jam’s ‘Just Breathe’, just he and his custom Rockbridge SJ Sunburst six string. The song was a perfect match for his vocal range and arguably the best song of the evening vocally. With the band members having all returned to accompany Dave, the septet finished out the evening with 97’s ‘Two Step’ from the Crash album. It was a perfect ending to complete an evening filled with instrumental riff and run cross genre folk-rock-fusion fun. The only thing in my opinion that would have made things better would have been to see the set performed in a smaller venue, some place like Atlanta Symphony Hall where every seat could have been closer up, somewhere that had the capacity to showcase the sound quality which DMB delivers. Notably missing from the set were the #1’s ‘Too Much’, ’Stay’, ‘Everyday’, ‘Where Are You Going’, ‘Funny The Way It Is’, ‘Mercy’, ‘American Baby’ a #2, and ‘Grey Street’ a #5. Raised as a Quaker, Matthews a pacifist left South Africa facing possible military conscription. Working for IBM and bartending in the States prior to his career take off Matthews is presently living the American dream with no signs of letting down, all thanks to the power of rock ’n’ roll!” Review and photo by DAve (Concert #837)
DAve
October 16th 2023
Aerosmith concert was postponed a last minute a $19 Groupon ticket for NeedToBreathe provided me with some degree of consolation. My seat was upper bowl row, top row, side stage —you get what you pay for, but don’t you just love a bargain! Not to worry, I watched my Ticketmaster map and moved down to an unoccupied resale ticket in the very bottom row by showtime. Heading up I-85 North to the Bilo Center Saturday evening for my second concert in three days I couldn’t help but muse to myself how different the two headliners of those two nights were from each other: JellyRoll (Country/Hip Hop) vs. NEEDTOBREATHE (Christian/Alternative). As odd as it seemed, both artists in their own way carried a similar message of hope to their respective audiences —and two different audiences they were! It was my second time seeing the Grammy nominated band from Seneca South Carolina LIVE, a near exact two years between shows, the first occurring on October 16, 2021, same venue and near exact same seat. It was the second show into the band’s twenty-five date ‘The Caves Tour’ named after the title of their ninth studio album released less than a month ago. The album has proved itself an instant success already reaching number one on the US Christian Charts. With 9 studio albums and numerous EP’s producing 63 charted songs including 3 number ones NTB has crossed over multiple genres on eight different charts including rock, christian, adult, and alternative. With that much material and the tour just starting out the setlist was up in the air as to how it would play out. The band still features William ‘Bear’ Rinehart (lead vocals, guitar and piano) and Seth Bolt (vocals and bass) since the very beginning in 2001; with Josh Lovelace (vocals, keys) since 2011; Randall Harris (drums) since 2012; and Tyler Burkum (guitar) since 2020. NTB clearly knows how to choose openers picking Switchfoot the last time they were in town, and this time they chose strong support once again with Judah & The Lion. At precisely 7:40 p.m. the alternative folk/rock duo from Nashville Judah & The Lion took the stage for a 50 minute / 9 song set beginning with an uncharted single ’Take A Walk’ from their newest release ‘Revival’. I was super-excited to see Judah LIVE for my first time but where was the Lion? Turned out that ‘the lion’ Brian Macdonald (vocals and mandolin) remained at home in the den. His wife had recently given birth making some fans ponder why the band (which at one time was a headliner at the same arena) chose to embark on the tour. Judah Akers (vocals and guitar) along with a no frills four person band wasted no time taking control of the situation. ‘Let’s be family tonight, okay? Even if you don’t know our band we give you the permission to have fun to our set, our goal is to bring joy to whoever is here with us tonight! We’re gonna give you guys everything we’ve got.’ Drawing from the band’s four studio albums Judah moved through the singles plus some covers. For 2017’s #4 he danced about the stage ‘like David danced’ ending up on the floor of the stage playing solo guitar, I don’t know when I’ve recently been entertained by a performer with such athleticism and energy. He introduced a cover of Lit’s #1 ‘My Own Worst Enemy’ by saying, ‘We’re going to play a song you might know in effort to see how much energy you want to give back to us.’ For ‘Spirit’ a 2020 non-album single he traded out his multicolored mostly pink and yellow Telecaster for a same color and patterned mandolin which he waved back waved back and forth like a baseball bat in between licks holding it by it’s neck. There was a walkway out into the audience for NTB which was apparently off limits to Judah, a pair of monitors blocked his path but that didn’t stop Judah! On the final song of the set 2016’s #1 ‘Take It All Back’ Judah was escorted through the audience making his way up and down the isles of the floor singing. Returning, he literally leaped over the barrier for a journey into the pit then jumped back onto the main stage. The lion may have slept it out, but at the end of the day it was Judah who roared! After a half hour stage turn NeedToBreathe’s set (which had been majorly concealed in black sheeting) was uncovered, and a fine set it was! There was a large drum and background vocalist riser split down the middle with an LED screen face. Six six sided lighted bar towers stood on each side of the riser descending in height, each tower had a spotlight on top. The drum head had the band’s name with an image of a skull wearing a fedora (like ‘Bear’ does) and holding a rose in it’s teeth. A walkway ending in a mini polygon shaped performing area with floor length light bars on each angle separated a pit on each side. There was a large video screen in the background and two additional side screens. At precisely 9:02 p.m. the band took the stage in a cloud of smoke from an open gate that separated the risers. Opening with ‘The Cave’ the title cut from the ‘Caves’ album the band performed a massive 27 song / 2 hour and 10 minute set featuring a total of six songs from the recent release! After moving through 2011’s hit ’State I’m In’ and prior to 2016’s single ‘Let’s Stay Home tonight William Stanley Rinehart III ’Bear’ 43 addressed the nearly full arena. Aside from rows K and upward in the far end of the back recesses and some restricted view seats behind the mix the performance was a sell out for the local performers. ‘The band got it’s start in this town. We played some really small places, then we played the Handlebar which was down the street back in the day [audience laughter]. I still consider this a home game for us [audience cheers]!’ After a sting of hits, ‘Drive All Night’, ‘Hard Love’, ‘The Outsiders’, ‘Who Am I’, and ‘Riding High’ the band’s frontmen took to the end of the walkway for a harmonica/guitar solo on ‘Wasting Time’ from the new album. Four stools, a keyboard, and a mini drum kit were brought out to the end of the walkway and the band sat down for a four song acoustic set beginning with ‘Everknown’ a single release from the new album. Bear addressed the audience, ‘I see your faces and it reminds us of the old days.’ He spoke of a Coffee shop ‘Carpenters Cellar’ in town some 20 years ago when playing to a hundred people was a big deal. Recalling the first time he brought an electric guitar into the coffee shop, a ‘dude’ halfway back told them to never do that again. Bear laughed calling out that gentleman by name, ‘The jokes on him… Ralph wherever you are!’ ‘My family’s here tonight’ Bear assured us, to which each member of the band responded one by one the same identical sentiment, the last member driving home the point, ‘All of our families are here tonight.’ Returning to the main stage Bear was given a break as the spotlight turned to guitarist Tyler Burkum who sang a rendition of The Who’s ‘Baba O'Riley’. Running up the walkway he delivered a solo that made the acoustic set seem like an event from a far distant past and quickly reenergized the audience. Bear returned to perform 2015’s #1 ‘Brother’ while walking the entire perimeter of the floor section shaking hands, hugging folk, patting them on the back and stopping for selfies. It was the perfect song for its chorus emphasizing our interdependence on one another, ‘Brother let me be your shelter never leave you all alone. I can be the one you call when you're low, be the one to light the way.’ Realizing he had expended most of the song towards the rear of the floor he hustled back up to the main stage to finish the song on cue. The female of the band’s two background vocalists took the lead in 2014’s worshipful #4 single ‘Multiplied’ in a strong and moving vocal performance. A cover of Oasis’ ‘Don't Look Back In Anger brought the energy levels back up to the top of the thermometer as the regular set began to wind down, but wait there was more, not only one but two encores. For the first, a mini two song set, Bear brought Judah back out on stage as they handpicked audience members, both men, women and children to dance on the walkway platform and invited the audience to join in and ‘go wild’ for the chorus of ‘Dreams’, another from the new album. At the second encore, another two song mini-set Bear surmised ‘I’m sure we’re way over time’ to a roar from the crowd. It was past 11 p.m. already, the band concluding with 2009’s #7 ‘Something Beautiful’ and 2008’s #1 ‘Washed By The Water’. They saved the best for last! The entire evening was a SOLID performance: the lighting, production, and even the sound quality was superb for a hockey arena! Making the drive back home and into bed during the early hours of the morning knowing I had to be up early for church services I had no regrets that I stayed for entire performance!” Review and photo by DAve (Concert #830, 831)
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