Check out my full review in Pittsburgh Music Magazine here!

I’ve been a casual fan of Parachute for a number of years now. I remember how it all started; I was listening to Radio Disney and their ever-so-popular classic, “Kiss Me Slowly came on, and I was absolutely blown away. It still remains as one of my favorites to date. That being said, I’ve seen them now, 4 times and they just get better each time. After the release of Wide Awake in 2016, Parachute came back with their self-titled album this year. In order to celebrate the release, they went off on their Young Tour across the country. I had the opportunity to catch their Pittsburgh stop, the second to last on the tour, featuring Caleb Kopta and Billy Raffoul as the openers.

Pittsburgh local singer/songwriter, Caleb Kopta, started us off with some original music. Kopta and his band, brought us a very unique sound, with some indie rock vibes embedded within it. I definitely felt that he was the perfect fit to open up the show.

On tour with Parachute and on next, was Toronto native, Billy Raffoul. Raffoul is a singer/songwriter, like Kopta, just with no band backing him up. He came out on stage with a huge head of hair, and a big voice. Definitely not what I expected from him and he made a great addition to the Young Tour.

Parachute was amazing, as I expected. As the lights went low and the music started, the crowd went wild, while each member made their way to the stage. The set started off with their first single from the era, “Young”. They played a great mix of songs from the different album eras, including “Can’t Help“, “New Orleans“, and “She Is Love“. Songs such as “Looking Back” and my favorite, “Talk To Me” were thrown into the mix also. The one thing I did notice is Will [Anderson](lead vocalist/guitar/piano) didn’t tell as many stories throughout the set as he normally does at shows. To top off a night that felt like a high school dance, they ended the set with “What I Know” and another single off of the new album, “Had It All”.

Anytime you catch a Parachute show, you get thrown into a whirlwind of emotions, but it is so nice to be able to be surrounded by people just like you, feeling the same emotions. It’s unreal. To read more about each of the acts, and see some more photos, click on the link above to see my full review.

You can also access the rest of my photos via my Flickr page!

Shot for Pittsburgh Music Magazine.

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