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Watsky Welcomes Charlotte To The Family

Watsky’s Welcomes To The Family Tour

What’s up humans! Your friendly neighborhood ginger Derek here. If you know why you’re here, well congratulations. Alternatively, if you happened to stumble upon this link via the bowels of the interweb… welcome. Allow me to introduce you to our featured artist in this fancy electronic article. George Watsky, better known as just “Watsky”, is a rapper, writer, and performer from California. His rap flow is like no other, and he creates stories using a vast knowledge held within his cranium.

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I first heard his music years ago and was instantly blown away by how intricate, humorous and yet serious his songs were. The pure speed and genius of the lyrics that he produces absolutely amazed me. It is very clear that he has a background in poetry and excels in it, proven by the fact that he won the Brave New Voices Poetry Slam in 2006 and even made it to appear on the final season of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry in 2007. His self titled album made its way to the #7 spot on the iTunes hip hop charts shortly after it released in 2010. Over the years he’s released many albums and continues to get better and better with time. I personally fell in love with the entirety of Cardboard Castles, which features songs such as “Strong as an Oak”, “Ugly Faces” and “Tiny Glowing Screens” both parts 1 and 2.

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The latter of which mixes musical and spoken lyrics explaining the downfalls of relying on technology and explaining there is much more in the world. Then there are songs such as “Ninjas In Paris” that I found myself playing on repeat until I knew every word from the album Nothing Like The First Time. Which fun fact, you can download and stream many of his earlier albums by clicking here… you’re welcome.

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With all of this in mind this was a show I have been trying to catch the last few years as it has passed through town, but it wasn’t until this night that I finally got my chance to witness and be part of this experience. Oh, what an experience it was. As I arrived at the Neighborhood Theatre there was a line of fans stretching down the block awaiting the moment that the doors opened it get in and find the best spot in this venue that at one point in time was a movie theatre.

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As the clock struck eight, it was time for the first act of the evening. To kick things off lead singer Camila Recchio took her place on the edge of the stage sitting down and making contact with fans below before beginning the first song. The band before us was the recently formed duo Feed The Biirds, consisting of Camila and Kush Mody. From the very first note she sang she brought such grace and soul into the venue, sweetly accented by the keyboard and guitar stylings of Kush. Most acts start with a heavy upbeat song to get the crowd going but it was a nice change to have a slow song in remembrance of a recently passed loved one. It set the tone for the night, full of pure talent and emotion and true meanings behind songs.

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During their time on stage they introduced themselves and each other, mentioning that the duo was formed back in May of 2018 but they each have their own solo work. Those include Camila’s Learning Logic album and Kush’s Creature Comforts and a Collection of Songs, both having a common feature on the album and that is Watsky himself. Kush actually has written many songs with Watsky over the years and plays a big part in his band as well. Before continuing to their next song Camila took a moment to recognize the family that surrounds her on tour and mentions the next act to the stage would be Chukwudi Hodge. She then went on to mention his sister Chinika Hodge, who is known for her poetry and playwriting. The reason to mention this was to say that she spent some time living with Chinika and while she was there she wrote Beneath The Water, which while writing allowed her to find who she truly was.

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It was a song that showcased an incredible of vocals and pure emotion while offering catchy hooks along with Kush’s keyboard and guitar skills. It quickly became a song the audience fell in love with much like the others, including their other single “She Came”. This was of those acts where you leave needing every song in your music collection. In fact the entire evening was an act like that because up next was Chukwudi Hodge.

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Much like the act prior to him, Chukwudi stepped on stage and began a bit different than most mainstream acts. He took his place along the edge of the stage on an elevated platform and immediately began a rap flow so smooth and precise it grabbed the attention of everyone. He then introduced himself and mentioned that he also plays the role of drummer for Watsky and has for quite a while. The thing that stood out the most about Chukwudi was his ability to rap, then speak to the crowd in between and then tell stories of his life and experiences in between songs while also adding a lot of humor. Throughout his entire time on stage it felt as if you knew him and you were just watching a friend perform as his personality and connection with the crowd rang out loud.

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He brought songs filled with strong lyrics but also tied into beats designed to get your body moving. Songs such as “Emergency” and “The Fade” proved this to be true, it’s also worth noting that his music is both written and produced by himself. At one point he even took the time to step to the drumset towards the back of the stage and give the audience a taste of what they were about to get with a quick drum solo. Every moment of his set was memorable from his music to his short talks in between, to his relaxed presence on stage as he sipped on a Corona throughout his time. Make sure you take time to check out his latest album Great/Enough… which also features a song with Watsky. Speaking of which, it was now time for the main event.

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Now one thing to mention before we get into this, staying consistent with the theme of the acts it was a bit different for the flow. What I mean by this is that normally you have set changes and bands break down their stuff for the next band to take the stage, that was not the case this evening. As I’ve mentioned, the people we met prior to Watsky taking the stage were actually his bandmates as well. So all of their equipment was already on stage and it was then time for the touring family to unite on stage and kick it into full gear.

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As the lights dropped prior to Wastky taking to the stage, chants instantly began to ring throughout the room. “Watsky, Watsky, Watsky” then it happened… he appeared. From the very moment he set foot on stage the energy level skyrocketed to 12,000% and it stayed there the rest of the night.

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What better way to welcome all of his Charlotte fans than to introduce them to one of his latest singles and the reason the tour is named what it is, Welcome to the Family. I have to admit it’s always amazing to have an artist sound exactly like how they do on their tracks when they perform live and the fact that most of his songs include fast paced lyrics made it even better. As I looked around me everyone was absolutely immersed in the experience they were having as people were singing along with every word and jumping up and down. Then things got even better and crazier as he transitioned into “Moral of the Story”.

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This show was everything that you could ask for as Watsky and his bandmates gave Charlotte everything they had and left it all on the stage. It included an incredibly talented cast of people on stage at one time. There were moments were Kush found himself playing the keyboard and the guitar AT. THE. SAME. TIME! Chukwudi rocked the drum set like no other, even while playing a left handed setup due to an injury in a recent show. Guitarist Pat Dimitri melted faces in songs such as “Wounded Healer”. Camilia would lend her insane vocals to many Watsky songs such as “Pink Lemonade” from his latest album x Infinity and”‘Sloppy Seconds” from the Cardboard Castles.

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Now for those of you not familiar, “Sloppy Seconds” is a fan favorite and Watsky decided to address a couple in the crowd because he knew that two years ago in the same venue at his show they got engaged but to his and everyone else’s surprise there was another couple standing twenty feet away from them that had the same exact experience two years ago. However, it didn’t stop there because I had the pleasure of meeting Lizza and Jeremiah later that evening who made this the evening for them as Jeremiah proposed during that very song. It was a moment they’ll never forget and music made it even better.

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At a certain point in the show Watsky took a moment to explain why the tour was named the Welcome to the Family; and it’s not just because of the song. He went on to say that this was the first time they were able to have his entire touring family be a part of the show, as openers Feed the Biirds and Chukwudi are part of his band. He also made special mention to every person that was included in his touring family from the sound engineer, to his manager, even shouting out his merch and sales support. Above all though, he welcomed Charlotte, NC to his family and made mention of just how genuine and amazing his fans are. Connecting the reason for that to his music and his art attracting like-minded people that feel and think in a similar way as him.

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Before the night was over there were a few more things that happened, he introduced the crowd to a song that has yet to be released titled “Feels Alright”. A song that required the crowd to let out their loudest and most liberating scream. There was even some insight shed on what to expect with upcoming music, as it hasn’t been officially announced but he confirmed his new album will release sometime this winter. As he came towards the end of his hit us hard with the insanely awesome ‘Woah Woah Woah’ while also diving the room into two halves and creating an aisle in the middle. Then jumping down into the crowd and moshing for a few moments before being lifted up and crowd surfing back onto the stage.

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Leaving the stage was something the North Carolina fans did not want him to do so as soon as he left the crowd erupted into another chant for “Watsky, Watsky, Watsky”. He then returned and hit a home run as he preformed “Tiny Glowing Screens” Part 1, 2 and 3. During which he stage dived back into the audience and even found himself standing on the crowd. Yep you read that correctly, he had fans hold the bottom of his mic stand and both his shoes as he stood in their hands proving just how incredible of artist and performer he is.

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This is one show I absolutely recommend you go and experience, everyone on the tour will blow your mind and they even take the time to connect with their fans. Feed the Biirds and Watsky both came to join the crowd in the lobby shortly after the end of the show, both of which took time to understand who they were meeting and showing how much they care for those that support them and their art. Let’s be honest, how can you not love an artist that ask if he can jump in your arms for a photo…

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See full gallery of the night!

P.S. Follow Watsky’s lead and #twitfromthepit from all your upcoming shows!
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Fandamonium!

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Catch this tour:

OCT10
Today 8 PM177 guests
Silver Spring, MD
OCT10
Silver Spring, MD
OCT11
Tomorrow 8 PM57 guests
Asbury Park, NJ
OCT11
Tomorrow 9 PM84 guests
Asbury Park, NJ
OCT12
Fri 5 PM93 guests
OCT12
OCT13
Sat 8 PM74 guests
Portland, ME
OCT13
Sat 9 PM271 guests
Portland, ME
OCT14
South Burlington, VT
OCT14
Sun 9 PM117 guests
South Burlington, VT
OCT17
Columbus, OH
OCT17
Wed 9 PM110 guests
Columbus, OH
OCT18
Thu 7 PM323 guests
Cleveland, OH
OCT18
Thu 7 PM49 guests
Cleveland, OH
OCT19
Magic Stick
OCT19
Detroit, MI
OCT20
Grand Rapids, MI
OCT20
OCT22
Des Moines, IA
OCT22
Mon 8 PM CDT170 guests
Des Moines, IA
OCT24
Wed 6 PM CDT99 guests
Chicago, IL
OCT24
Wed 8 PM CDT97 guests
Chicago, IL
OCT25
Thu 8 PM CDT56 guests
Milwaukee, WI
OCT25
Thu 8 PM CDT298 guests
Milwaukee, WI
OCT26
Fri 7 PM CDT308 guests
Lawrence, KS
OCT26
Fri 7 PM PDT20 guests
17440 Monterey St, Morgan Hill, CA 95037-3644, United States
OCT27
Sat 7 PM MDT172 guests
The Fox Theatre
OCT30
Tue 7 PM PDT143 guests
Portland, OR
OCT30
Tue 8 PM PDT479 guests
Portland, OR
NOV1
Thu 8 PM PDT128 guests
Seattle, WA
NOV1
Thu 9 PM PDT428 guests
Seattle, WA
NOV2
Fri 7 PM PDT260 guests
Vancouver, BC, Canada
NOV2
Fri 7 PM PDT136 guests
Vancouver, BC, Canada
NOV3
Sat 7 PM PDT207 guests
The WOW Hall
NOV6
Tue 7 PM PST55 guests
Santa Cruz, CA
NOV6
Tue 8 PM PST100 guests
Santa Cruz, CA
NOV7
Wed 7 PM PST88 guests
NOV7
Wed 8 PM PST21 guests

 

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