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Blind Pilot w/ Gregory Alan Isakov

2011.11.15
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Gregory Alan Isakov
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Blind Pilot
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For those of you that might not have heard of Blind Pilot, here’s a bit of background.

This Portland-based folk duo started their career off with a couple songs and a self-promoted and under-funded bike tour along the west coast. They carried only the equipment that would fit on their backs and stopped in essentially any town that would have them. In other words: yes, they may have been clinically insane. Luckily for them though, this insanity paid off. Now, millions of downloads, a couple television appearances and one hell of a Cinderella story later, Blind Pilot is touring with their sophomoric release: We Are the Tide.

Opening for the show was singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov, and while his name might be a bit of a mouthful, his simplistic and passionate folk tunes were a definite crowd pleaser. His set swept the audience away from a cold Boston night and into a warm, relaxed, and reflective state of mind. His modest and down-to-earth stage presence seemed to put everyone in the club at ease, and his voice had a perfect blend of sorrow and hope. “That Moon Song” as well as “Master & a Hound” were particularly well played I would highly recommend checking out some of his records if you’re a fan of some old-school folk.

If Gregory Alan Isakov was there to relax the audience and put us all at ease, Blind Pilot was there to wake everyone up and get us all moving. Each member of the band smiled as wide as they could as they busted out the first few songs, dancing around all the while.

“Keep You Right” started the show off and it was clear from this start that the vocal harmonies hadn’t lost any of their luster in a live setting. The band rocked out songs from both of their studio records in equal split and paced the room well. They also played ALOT, nearly going through every track they’ve released.

After playing over a dozen tracks the set slowed down with a beautiful rendition of “New York” over a sole harmonium and ended strong with their new album’s title track “We Are the Tide”. The band exited the stage just as they had entered, with huge smiles.

They came out one by one to wrap up with a great encore; but, little did we know, Blind Pilot had one last surprise for us. After asking for all cameras and phones to be put away so that we could all “share this moment amongst ourselves” each member unplugged and hopped down into the crowd to play their hit “3 Rounds and a Sound” acoustically.

A fitting ending to a very fun show.

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