Review: Red Wanting Blue with The Trews and Nick D’ & The Believers

Last night’s show opened up with Columbus-based trio Nick D’ & The Believers who brought a nice indie pop vibe to the stage. They will be returning to The Grog Shop on March 30th to perform with Ottawa so don’t miss out.

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Next up were The Trews who came down from Toronto. I was particularly impressed with the band’s stage presence and developed sound. Despite their heavier rock qualities, their dynamic set fit right into the lineup. Red Wanting Blue previously joined them on a Canada tour back in 2012.

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Last night was the first time Columbus-based Red Wanting Blue has graced the House of Blues stage since the release of their last major effort, Little America. The live shows of this American Rock & Roll quintet are a must-see. To get the full Red Wanting Blue experience you need to witness in-person the devotion and passion that this band is known for. The band’s eclectic style is comprised of a variety of instruments, talent, and tons of emotion. For tonight’s set, they broke out some unusual things such as the chapman stick, banjo, ukelele, drum suitcase and bells. Overall there were several highlights from tonight’s show worth mentioning; Frontman Scott Terry’s insanely crisp and raw vocals, the fun collab between the bands, and of course the fact that drummer Dean Anshutz broke his seat in the middle of a song. Yes, drummer Dean Anshutz had done the impossible – by the end of a song, he was playing drums while sitting on the ground after his seat had busted. My favorite tracks of the night included “Hope On a Rope” and “Pour It Out” from their 2012 record, From The Vanishing Point. The Little America record was released in July of 2014 and features 13 diverse tracks. The band performed quite a few songs from the album including “The Rest Of Our Lives” “Hallelujah.” They also played some captivating broken down versions of “Dumb Love” and “Finger In The Air.” Be sure to check out the music video for “Hallelujah” below and Scott Terry’s fill in the blank interview here!

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– Victoria

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