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December 13, 2013
From my Pandora station to the stagePosted Monday, September 24, 2012, at 5:48 PM
Last night, Sunday, Sept. 23, I went to my third concert of the weekend, and it included three performers; five performances in three days. I had no idea coming into this weekend that I was about to see such immense talent, especially since the shows were all so small.
I have to say that as truly incredible as every single performance was, Phil Wickham in Sikeston, Mo., last night was the most talented performer I have ever seen live. His music is always keeping me company on my Pandora station, but his love and skill with what he does left me speechless. He played his guitar so intricately I didn't even know it was possible, displayed a vocal range that most seasoned singers could only dream of and glided from note to note with every pitch completely accurate. The light show that went along with the performance was very impressive as well, and the crowd loved it all. As part of his Response Tour Wickham played music from his new album as well as his last two, and the crowd sang along with every word.
I was excited to see Wickham, but I didn't know that the openers would hold their own with fantastic shows as well. The Canadian band The Royal Royal started the show with strong and powerful drum beats that drove their rock music and got the crowd excited. They played four songs and convinced the crowd of their talent. Nearing the end of the performance I saw people sneaking out into the foyer to buy the band's CD.
The next performer was a surprise because I hadn't known that he was going to be a part of the show, but I heard his music over the summer on the radio, fell in love with his songs, researched until I finally found who he was and then got to see him perform. I couldn't believe it. Travis Ryan was the only solo performer, but just him and his guitar and desire to include the crowd in his music was more than enough. He even gave away his song "Fearless" for free to anyone in the crowd with a smartphone.
I know I wasn't expecting such a professional, awesome show to be in Sikeston, Mo., but these three performances were deserving of the biggest arenas, and I really don't say that about just anyone. All of the bands' music can be found on iTunes or on their individual websites, PhilWickam.com, theroyalroyal.com and travisryanmusic.com.
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My name is Whitney Law, and I'm the Arts and Entertainment Editor at the Arrow. I'm a junior at Southeast, studying Mass Communications: Journalism, interior design and fashion merchandising. This blog is all about entertainment and the arts throughout Cape Girardeau and on campus.