Seeing people waiting outside of First Avenue looking at all the stars and artists’ names reminds me of the first time I went to a concert, which was also my first time at First Ave. This was an all-ages show and as I was waiting in line, the person ahead of me was talking to their dad about how excited they were to go to their first concert and see Dayglow live.
Dayglow and courtship put on a really energetic and fun performance that would leave a warm impression on someone’s first experience of going to a concert. The two-piece duo, courtship, opened for Dayglow and set a fun tone for the rest of the night.
courtship had a lot of energy on stage and even though it seemed like fewer people in the crowd were familiar with their music, their songs were easy to dance and sing along to. They even did a short cover of Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me” mid-set that hyped everyone up. I really hope they record and release a full version of their cover.
When Dayglow came on stage, First Avenue lit up and their neon ‘Dayglow’ sign really added a fun element to their performance. Sloan Struble, the sole creator for Dayglow, came on stage and the first word that comes to mind is dapper.
The performers really were just cute and happy throughout the set which really resembles their music, too, and why I really enjoy Daylglow. One of the reasons I think that Dayglow had such a great performance is that their music is relatable and they all seemed approachable and like people we know.
I think it’s easy for performers to lose a sense of relatability with their audience, but Dayglow is a band that is easy to get swept up in because their music is light and real. They ended with “Close to You” and even though it was the closing to the night, the energy in the crowd was still electric and it was really special seeing so many people still smiling and dancing after the last song finished.
Dayglow’s Harmony House tour has almost completely sold out and Struble has quickly gained momentum in the music scene. First Avenue was lucky to have such fun and illuminating performances by courtship and Dayglow last night and I hope that anyone who was at their first concert remembers a night of dancing and warm energy.