2019 was a great year for music. To start off a series of ‘best of musical things 2019 edition’ I figured I’d look back at some of my favorite concerts I went to this year. Thanks to WKNC this year has been one of my best for concert attendance. These are my top three shows of the year.
Smallpools at Motorco Music Hall
This show blew me away. The band was so high energy and I had the best front row seat. I started listening to Smallpools when I first came to college and I doubled my listening when I got the tickets to this show, they’re currently my number one artist on Spotify. Needless to say the show left a great impression and has only made my love for the band and their music even stronger. Hearing ‘Dreaming’ and ‘Over & Over’ live were two of my musical highlights of the year. I was hit with a wave of nostalgia and overcome with a joy that I still have when I look back on this night.
Joy Again at Kings
I highly recommend everyone see a band they love alone at least once, it’s such an experience. Joy Again has a lot of amazing songs so I was very excited to see the band, especially because it was the first concert I ever went to on my own. Their vocals live were insanely good, everything they did was insanely good. Much like Smallpools I got a nice front row seat (something that I really love about these smaller venues), which gave the show a really intimate feeling. The outro was amazing and hearing ‘Winter Snakes’ and ‘Looking out For You’ Live was unforgettable.
Twenty One Pilots at PNC Arena
This show blew my mind, again. I’ve seen the band live before, with the same person, and this show just brought on a wave of nostalgia and happiness that I can hardly describe. My best friend and I saw Twenty One Pilots for the first time the summer before we started college (that’s a whole wild story in itself) and since this summer was the summer before our senior year of college it just felt poetic, somehow made everything feel even more magical. I am not exaggerating when I say that Twenty One Pilots has put on two of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. Everything always feels so authentic and their performance skills are A1. Going to one of their shows is truly an unforgettable experience. I’ve been listening to the band since Vessel was the newest album and I have to say, this band does not disappoint.
What were your top shows of 2019?
– DJ Psyched