BY TER STAFF
Last night singer Vance Joy brought The Fire and Flood tour to Chicago for a second sold-out night at The Riviera Theatre. Accompanied by alternative LA/Austin based duo, Armstrong Leigh, and alt-rock’s Reuben and the Dark, Vance Joy and company gave their all for the Windy City crowd.
Opening the night was Armstrong Leigh, made up of singer Michelle Armstrong and guitarist Cristopher Leigh. Although this was the first time that much of the crowd was introduced to the talented duo, Amstrong Leigh definitely set a great tone for the rest of the night. The highlight of their set came when the duo performed their newest single, ‘Is This Love?’, which released earlier this year.
Next up for the night were Calgary, Alberta natives, Reuben and the Dark. Led by singer and guitarist Reuben Bullock, and supported by Shea Alain, Kaelen Ohm and Brock Geiger, RATD performed a set that was made up of a selection of there 2013 LP, Funeral Sky. Mixing in some new music throughout their performance, including their new single ‘Heart In Two’, Reuben had the girls screaming and the crowd entertained. If their live show is any indication of what the band has to offer the music world, don’t be surprised if Reuben and the Dark makes some major waves in the new year.
To follow the awesome sets of Reuben and the Dark and Armstrong Leigh was the man of the night, Vance Joy. Hailing from the land down under, you could tell that the Australian native was excited to return to Chicago for his 2-night residency at The Riv. While Vance Joy performed for tens of thousands in Chicago earlier this year, opening for Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour, tonight’s crowd was all for Vance. The screams could be heard from the Aragon Ballroom blocks away, Vance’s voice carried beautifully through the venue, and the night couldn’t have gone better.
Performing a 15-song set list, Vance started the performance on a high note, yet the show managed to get better as his set went on. From the hit singles, to the B-sides, to the entertaining covers, Vance Joy’s set had everything we could have asked for. And closing the night with records like ‘Fire and the Flood’ (where the tour gets its name of course) and his uber-successful hit ‘Riptide’, there couldn’t have been a better way to close the show.
Check out our photos from Vance Joy’s The Fire and the Flood tour below.
Photos by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Reuben and the Dark