Vance Joy Concert

Vance Joy singing his closing number, "Fire and the Flood", at Caesars Windsor on January 25th, 2016.

Vance Joy performing his hit single, "Riptide", at Caesars Windsor on January 25th, 2016.

Vance Joy performing the song "Emmylou" from his EP, God Loves You When You're Dancing, at Caesars Windsor on January 25th, 2016.

Vance Joy singing his opening number, "Mess is Mine," from his first album, Dream Your Life Away at Caesars Windsor on January 25th, 2016.

On Monday, January 25th, three of my best friends and I went to Canada to see one of our favorite artists, Vance Joy, at Caesars Windsor for his “Fire and the Flood” tour. Our anticipation for his performance built as we waited to get by customs and eagerly sat in Coliseum an hour prior to the start of the concert --just to claim our seats and scope out the venue. We listened to his opening act, Reuben and the Dark and soon enough Joy came out to start his performance and I was immediately reminded of everything I love about concerts.

Live music is something that I haven’t really figured out yet; I think that there’s a lot of extra “noise” around recorded music we hear on the radio and listen to out of our ear buds. This noise can distract from the artist’s voice, their lyrics, and what it all means. Joy’s performance, however, was simple. He got on stage with his guitar and just sang his indie-rock songs; it was truly the perfect juxtaposition of a fire and a flood. The song “Emmylou” from his EP, God Loves You When You’re Dancing was calming and humbling, it brought a hush over crowd as we all listened to his angelic voice. In contrast, the closing number, “Fire and the Flood” from his album Dream Your Life Away brought life and energy to everyone around as we sang and danced. Joy even occasionally gave the audience insight into what his songs mean, which I appreciated.

There was no intricate choreography, no back- up dancers, no wardrobe changes, and no distractions. It was beautiful in its simplicity. There was one moment while Joy sang the song “Riptide” that I looked behind me and saw the faces of the crowd singing in unison. In that moment we were all apart of something bigger than ourselves, and I felt something that only live music can make you feel: exceptionally alive.

Article and photos by Sydney Laub

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