Shakey Graves stopped by The Pageant last night, September 30, on his The Tour x9 World Tour. Bringing The Wild Reeds along with him, the show was full of folky vibes.
While I had never heard of The Wild Reeds before, I was pleasantly surprised by their somewhat drab, 70s folk sound when the predominantly female band (the only male members being their drummer and bassist) took the stage. By the end of their set, they had pumped their energy up just enough to end on a high note as a notable amount of attendees made their way to the merch table to grab their CD after their set.
The main event, Shakey Graves, then took the stage initially alone with his guitar. A unique projector light reflected off of his face as he strummed his guitar with the charisma he’s most known for. Although the crowd was satisfied with this acoustic setup, he was soon joined by his full band to accompany him for his more upbeat songs and expressed a brotherly gratitude for his band members.
Having been a big fan of Shakey Graves’ music prior to this show, which was my first time seeing him live, his captivating ability to both break your heart and mend it simultaneously was even more predominant as he performed live. The folky, yet soulful music sings of familiar feelings of loneliness, longing, and love, delivering a performance that is that of a rollercoaster ride through relatable emotions and mindsets.