SAINT PHNX opened the show with an electrifying set that included “Shake” and their latest release, the anthemic song “Sorry.” The band is comprised of brothers Stevie Jukes on vocals and Al Jukes on drums. The pop rock band kept things interesting with Al jumping into the pit to join the crowd. If you missed them, they’ll be hitting the road with Yungblud in Europe through November.
A sold-out House of Blues San Diego welcomed America’s Sweetheart Lewis Capaldi on a Friday evening in California. There must’ve been something in the water in San Diego because the crowd’s energy encompassed the room. The demand to see Capaldi before his career skyrockets further was evident with one fan sharing that she bought a resale ticket for $150 earlier that day. The line wrapped around the building well before doors opened.
If you’re only familiar with the music of Lewis Capaldi and not the person behind the songs, then the live show might’ve gone a bit different than expected. Capaldi entertained the crowd all night with on-stage banter in between songs, even pausing the music to relieve himself off-stage while still talking to the crowd through his mic. In the midst of singing “Someone You Loved,” Capaldi motioned of pulling the rug when that lyric arrived. Laughs were aplenty that night as Capaldi’s humor hit every mark.
Couples enthusiastically sang the ballads to each other, and Capaldi remarked that him and the crowd “made musical love” that evening. Capaldi was interactive and showed his appreciation to the fans by taking photos with them on their phones, snapping multiple shots on one fan’s disposable camera, and giving out guitar picks to those in the front row. Capaldi loved the people, and the people love Capaldi. America’s Sweetheart is surely here to stay.