Jawny in Philadelphia at Theatre of The Living Arts With Opener Wallice
Written and Captured By| Jonah van Bemmelen
Showing up to the show it was already so packed you couldn’t even move around which didn’t surprise me because it seemed like everyone was as big of a Jawny fan as I am if not bigger.
Opening up for Jawny was the band Wallice which is comprised of a female singer, a guitarist, bassist, and a drummer. The singer has an amazing voice that can really captivate an audience, it seemed like a great pairing and that a lot of people in the crowd were also there to see Wallice. They ended with their hit song 23 that I had already known and been a fan of since it came out a couple years ago. After Wallice was done she got a huge ovation and it was then time to see the main act of Jawny.
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On the stage they had a Jawny mannequin that the light was shining down on all show off in the corner of the stage. The show started with a cover of the Killers “Mr. Brightside” that he had the crowd start singing along to before he took the stage but you could still hear him singing. When he finally came out halfway through the song the crowd was jumping up and down at the excitement of finally seeing him.
Right from the start of the show Jawny was playing all of his hits beginning with “Strawberry Chainsaw”, “Sabotage”, and “Trigger of Love” which let the crowd know they were in for an incredible night. He then played a song special for the Philadelphia crowd with 4Tounce because it was a song he had written while he was living in Philadelphia and made him reminiscent of his days in Philly. He went right back to playing his hits and really had incredible crowd involvement.
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He started by making the whole crowd repeat something then he broke it off into sections until everyone in the place was shouting back at him including the balcony level. He told a few stories of his days living in Philly and how he was grinding along to make it while he was in Philadelphia but it was where he wrote a lot of his songs. As an ode to Philadelphia he said he was going to play “Dreams and Nightmares” and got the whole crowd ready with anticipation and then instead went into a cover of Taylor Swift’s “You Belong with Me”.
When he finished the night with one of his originals “Tombstone Grey” everyone was sad the show was over because it was such a magical night. Definitely look out for Jawny coming to your city, you won’t regret it.