James Bay Melted Hearts and Brought Soul to The Troc

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon on Arch Street in our beloved Philly, a line that started off as a small clump of people formed outside of the legendary Trocadero Theatre. This crowd, which was a pretty even mix of women and men, were waiting for doors to open for the heavily anticipated, sold-out show that headlined singer-songwriter James Bay. Only being familiar with three of Bay’s songs, I couldn’t help but overhear the rest of the crowd in front of me in line. Many of them had heard of Bay through seeing him open for Hozier at the same venue roughly six months ago and ended up falling in love with his music and, ultimately, his mysterious charm. There were high expectations from everyone, including myself, especially knowing that Bay has already opened for the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, and Stevie Wonder.

Throughout the entire set (which was opened by the talented Marc Scibilia), there was pure bliss shown by both Bay and the audience. As Bay went performed hits from his most recent album Chaos and the Calm (read our review here!), which included “Let It Go,” “Incomplete,” and “Need The Sun To Break,” he entranced the audience with his soul-filled voice and the multicolored lighting added to the happiness that everyone, including Bay, felt. Even the dudes were really getting into many of his songs, especially “Let It Go.” (We are not talking Frozen, here.)

The encore wrapped up the entire night in the best way, with a cover of Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You,” that had a guitar solo that could move mountains (even though it was unfortunate that so many people weren’t enjoying that cover because they were occupied with recording it on their phones) and ending the night with his hit “Hold Back The River.”

It was a huge unexpected surprise how great the turn out was for the show and how much James Bay seemed to have connected with every single person in the room musically. It was magical in all senses and I wouldn’t be surprise to see Bay not only get bigger in the music industry, but create even more heartfelt music. Isn’t that what it’s all about?

Check out our gallery from James Bay performing at the Trocadero below!

Photography by Ruby Mora

1 Comment

  1. Wakana Narisako

    May 7, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Great photos!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.