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Colony House is a Tennessee-based indie rock trio with Christian roots, as brothers Caleb Chapman (vocals) and Will Chapman (drums) are the sons of singer Stephen Curtis Chapman and were joined by guitarist Scott Mills, with bassist and keyboardist Parke Avery coming along for the tour.
Debut album When I Was Younger had just come out, with several songs having a pronounced, bigger sound, like lead single, ‘Silhouettes’. The band didn’t have a lot of time with only a five-song set, but half of them stayed around to back Needtobreathe, during their own headlining performance.
Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors with Bo Rinehart
The newer ‘American Beauty’ opened their nine-song set, with band favorite song, ‘Nothing but Trouble’ following. “Ten years dancing to the music; eight years dancing with the girl I love” from ‘Shine Like Lightning was a love letter to his wife, and Needtobreathe’s Bo Rinehart jumped onstage on mandolin to assist on ‘I've Got You’.
Another song inspired by his wife (I’m seeing a pattern here…) ‘What Would I Do Without You’ was sweet and mellow and the band ended with the call-and-response of the uplifting ‘Here We Go’. Holcomb mentioned from the stage that they’d already plotted their local return, back in town at the Varsity Theater next April 16th, a nice relief after Tax Day.
In what was mostly a greatest-hits set (to no one’s objection), Foreman spent his time on top of speakers, in the middle of the crowd, and playing both sides of the stage, to make sure everyone was involved. The band opened with hit, ‘Stars’ and a mid-set highlight was Foreman recognizing a face in the front crowd, who had tweeted he was coming all the way from Pakistan just to see the band.
Deciding to bring him on stage, the band gathered around a single mic for ‘Hello Hurricane’ as the traveling fan played part cheerleader/ part harmonizer, clearly having the best day of his life. Like Holcomb and Needtobreathe, Switchfoot is a “band of brothers”, with Foreman’s brother, Tim, taking center stage on bass and keyboards.
Often referring to the audience as “friends”, Foreman announced “I have one more left in me!” before launching into ‘Dare You to Move’ before leaving the stage sooner than most people wanted.
The opener was ‘State I’m In’, from the newest album, a stomper that set a nice tone for the rest of their set. Needtobreathe, like the other bands on the bill, have some definite Christian leanings, but because of shortened set times and the number of acts playing, letting their music do the talking, leaving the listener free to interpret any lyrics as closely (or not at all) as they wanted.
‘Wasteland’ slowed the pace a bit, with its “god on my side” chorus prompting numerous in the crowd to raise hands and sing along. Bear described ‘Devil’s Been Talkin’ as one of his favorite songs that brother Bo wrote, while a truncated ‘Feet Don’t Fail Me Now’ led quickly into the first parts of ‘O Carolina’.
A shortened ‘Brother’ first brought out Switchfoot’s Foreman to sing along, quickly followed by all of the opening acts, building into a climax complete with confetti cannons, that would have been a fine show ending,. But, the band decided instead to end with the quiet and contemplative ‘Washed by the Water’, done acoustically and with minimal instrumentation.
Crowd-wise, this was maybe the most respectable of the Cabooze Plaza crowd, with most there to actively listen to the music, sing a long, and be uplifted while having a good time. Sounds like a night out with “friends” and “neighbors”? – Exactly.
NeedToBreathe at Cabooze Plaza, Minneapolis (24 July 2015)