“Hey there, Delilah, what’s it like in New York City? I’m a thousand miles away but girl, tonight you look so pretty, yes you do…”
If you didn’t sing along while reading that, you live under a rock. “Hey There Delilah” is one of the classics in current pop music. No matter what type of music you like or listen to, you know that song. The Plain White T’s brought their classic pop tunes and most recent songs, all the way to Jergel’s, located in Warrendale (the outskirts of Pittsburgh), to up the hype for their upcoming album, “Parallel Universe”.
On their Pittsburgh stop, they had locals, Hear Tonight, open up for them. If you’re reading this and are a frequent visitor to my adventure blog, you know that they’re one of my favorites. I preach constantly about how upbeat and fun their music is. Their sound makes me think of the best parts of summer and that feeling you get driving by the beach and watching the waves crash. It’s amazing that they capture it so well in their music. Friday night was no different. They were a great first act to help get the crowd pumped and ready for the rest of the night.
On their tour, the Plain White T’s brought along Chicago natives, Fairview. They were discovered, and soon signed by member, Tom Higgenson, giving them their kickstart into the music business. They were very talented. Each member played with love and passion, which was great. They had a lot of slower ballads and love songs, and clearly some good writing went into them. The two leads, Lizzy and Matt, had beautiful voices and their chemistry put that much more meaning into their lyrics.
Next up, we had the privilege of getting to see Ocean Park Standoff from Santa Monica, California. They were everything you could ask for when it came to pumping up the crowd for the headliner. Ugh… I loved them. They were great. Chris and I found ourselves surprised when they began to play “Good News”, as it has been a popular radio hit, and it plays on the speakers at my part time job. We found out it indeed is their song and not just a cover and we were partially star struck… lol. Their lead singer, Ethan, had absolutely crazy energy. It was definitely contagious because I noticed more and more people find their way to the dance floor for the rest of their set, and probably to get their spot for Plain White T’s.
And of course, we had the Plain White T’s. A classic pop/rock band, popular with millennials, most of all. They are the band most of us heard in the early 2000’s when we were in our earlier years of schooling. I, myself, didn’t discover them till I really got into music, in the early 2010’s, but that’s beside the point. I have to say that I was very impressed with their live performance. They had the perfect mix of new songs, PWT classics, and some sneak peeks to songs being released on their “Parallel Universe” album on August 24th. I found myself enjoying a lot more than just the classics and even found some new favorites. One of those was “Your Body” which sticks a little bit to their roots, but also includes some more current musical elements. The crowd was very diverse; you had those older folks who came for the music to feel young again, those who came to accompany their under 21 kids; you had the millennials, who came to see a band they’ve enjoyed listening to since middle school; and you even had little kids who may just be starting an obsession with music and likely may be the product of their parents. But, age aside, when they played their classics, such as “1, 2, 3, 4”, “Hey There Delilah”, and “Our Time Now”, we were all singing along in practically one voice. And that’s why I love music so much.
The Plain White T’s new album “Parallel Universe” comes out August 24th, and they mentioned they will be back on tour after that release. So if you missed out on this show or are now intrigued to see the next one, keep your eyes peeled for some more announcements on their band social medias.
Below, I have featured a few of my favorites from this shoot. The rest can be found in my Flickr album.
My review will also be up in Pittsburgh Music Magazine! – coming soon –