Concert Review: Hozier

Hozier performed at the Rochester Broadway Theatre League (RBTL) on the Sunday night of November 10th. I tagged along with a couple of my friends who were huge fans of his; however, I had only ever heard six or seven of his songs–loving them all. So, it was no surprise to me when I truly loved every one of the twenty-one songs he performed that night.

The opening act was an australian singer named Angie McMahon, who just a few years ago, won a contest to be the opening act for Bon Jovi’s Australian leg of his tour. She is an unknown artist, but she has so much potential to become known. She opened the concert with four of her own songs, including “Slow Mover” and “Pasta”, and also a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Silver Springs”. McMahon was fun and bubbly, and managed to tell quite a few jokes between songs that resulted in roars of laughter from the audience.

About a half an hour after the opening act ended, the crowd was filled with anticipation and excitement when Hozier finally came to the stage. Before speaking, he opened with a few songs that included, “As It Was” and “Dinner and Diatribes”. The first thing I noticed and appreciated within the first few minutes of Hozier’s performance was the live band. There was someone on the drums, two pianists, a guitarist, two background vocalists, and a woman who sang, played the guitar, bass, and violin–depending on the song. The woman playing all of these instruments definitely impressed and astonished me, and she had just as much energy as Hozier did performing.

The entire concert felt so powerful, and even spiritual to me because of all of the vocals performing at one time. The choices in lighting added to this powerful performance as well. My all time favorite songs of his “Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene” and “Jackie and Wilson” especially moved me. He also performed his radio hits “Take Me to Church”, “Work Song”, and “Someone New”. For his encore, he brought Angie McMahon back out to sing “Work Song” and their voices together were truly inspiring. This tour is coming to an end but the bottom line is: if you ever get a chance to see Hozier perform live in the future, do it. It will be a once in a lifetime experience that you won’t regret.

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