The Somewhere Before Christmas Tour made it’s stop in Ohio Thursday night featuring SayWeCanFly and Johnnie Guilbert, along with support from Social Repose, Rivers Monroe, and Chase Huglin. The night was full of laughter, tears, and screams as each artist and band shared their talents with the crowd.
Chase Huglin kicked the night off, just him and his guitar, immediately demanding the attention of the audience with his impressive voice and impeccable guitar skills. It was hard to believe it was just one person on that stage as Chase filled the room with catchy melodies and memorable lyrics. He ended his set with a song about his mother, giving a small shout out to all the moms out there. You could see a few of the mothers within the venue giving him a thumbs up with appreciation for the gesture.
Rivers Monroe was up next, and having seen these guys a few times since their Warped Tour debut in 2015, I had a pretty good idea what to expect. What I hadn’t anticipated was for them to completely blow away any and all expectations I had for their set. They were interactive with the crowd the moment they stepped on stage, bringing the room to a whole new level. Their set included the familiar Rivers Monroe songs with a mash-up of covers that fans could sing along to, including a quick cover of Chainsmokers’ song “Closer.” Their high energy set definitely gained them plenty of new fans that night.
As Social Respose began setting up, you could tell by the crowd’s reaction that they had been waiting for this one. I have never really been a fan of EDM music but between the outfit, the make-up, and the music pumping through the speakers, I quickly changed my mind. The lights and smoke added to the atmosphere, turning the concert into a party with fans jumping up and down and obviously enjoying themselves. A Twenty One Pilots cover had the crowd singing at the top of their lungs, and the high the crowd was given from his set lingered even after he was done.
Johnnie Guilbert continued the show providing not only phenomenal music, but bringing a few laughs to the crowd as well. With Skyler Truth on cajon, the duo was both entertaining and engaging with the crowd throughout their set, even throwing in an original Christmas song that Guilbert had written. As it came time for SayWeCanFly to hit the stage, the crowd was warmed up and ready to go.
The most memorable thing about Braden Barrie (SayWeCanFly) are his honest and emotional lyrics. He’s not afraid to say the things that others might be too afraid to say, making his songs relatable in a way that lets you know you’re not alone. With just him and his guitar, Braden presented soothing melodies that enhanced the meanings behind his lyrics, and encouraged the crowd to just enjoy the moment they were all sharing together that night.
The Somewhere Before Christmas Tour continues through December 4th, tickets can be purchased here:
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