05/14/16 - Hotline Spring Tour - Granada Theater, Dallas, TX.
"They managed to connect with every single person in the audience, creating an atmosphere that will forever be engraved in my memory"
If there was to be one word that could truly describe the enlightening performances within The Hotline Spring Tour’s show in Dallas, the word would be ‘captivating’. The night was filled with unforgettable memories shared between a crowd that all had one thing in common: their love for Panama Wedding, The Griswolds, and Magic Man.
Fans had been looking forward to this night for weeks, and by the end of the day, it was clear that it was well worth the wait. The amount of love from both the fans, and the musicians was pronounced through the evident connection they shared. Fans had lined up outside the venue as early as 2:00 am the previous night, in hopes of getting front row. The artists kept the fans company by willfully meeting with them outside of the venue, casually treating them like old friends. Alex Caplow, lead singer of Magic Man, made sure to meet every individual fan at the venue, cracking jokes and taking photos. Throughout the day, more memories were made, as the different artists continued to greet fans.
The opening act, Panama Wedding, started off the show with an immense amount of energy that filled the whole audience with excitement. The band’s lead singer, Peter Kirk, performed some of their biggest hits, such as “Uma”, a catchy song that had the whole crowd graciously involved, “Infinite High”, and my personal favorite, “All of the People”. I had been thrilled to see Panama Wedding ever since I fell in love with “Infinite High” in 2014. Finally getting to hear this live was beyond belief. The most remarkable moment of their set was when Peter covered The Killers’ “When You Were Young”. As soon as the beat started up, the crowd buzzed at the sight of a familiar song. The band personalized the song into their very own, adding a pop vibe to the tune. Seeing Panama Wedding live, would have made my night as it was, however as the night progressed, the show managed to get better and better.
The Griswolds lit up the venue with their enthralling spirit from the moment they started off the show with their hit song, “Down and Out”, with the crowd dancing and singing along to every word. The band performed many of their loved songs, along with two new songs, titled “Role Models” and “Get into my Heart”, which left the fans anxious to hear more of their unreleased guaranteed-to-be-hits. There was an immense connection between the audience and The Griswolds throughout the entire set, but most noticeably when Chris Whitehall crowdsurfed into the audience during their outstanding performance of, “Heart of a Lion”. The band was amused to see how dedicated the Dallas fan base was, and admitted that the Dallas show had topped all of the rest. One of the moments that had made the show so special was when the band first stepped onto the stage: all of the fans held up posters of Walk the Moon’s Kevin Ray, a part of an inside joke between the fans and the band. From the very start, to the end of the show, there was an electric energy filling the air, that left smiles on the faces of the hundreds of people in the venue.
When I initially walked into The Granada to see The Griswolds, I knew it would be a wild time. I had seen them three times in the past, and knew of their impressive capabilities, but I had no idea that Magic Man was going to put on such a striking show. They absolutely blew me away. The amount of heart the band put into their performance left me speechless. The moment that really hit me most was when they sang “Honey”. Before the concert, “Honey” was never a song I would constantly listen to. However, ever since I witnessed it live, I have been obsessed. With a combination of Alex’s flowy dance moves and his enrapturing vocals, the song was overwhelmingly beautiful and will always have a special place in my heart. Another highlight of Magic Man’s performance was the crowd’s reaction when Alex said that the next song was about, “a girl from Dallas.” They sang “Texas” while Alex danced with the state flag, signed many of the fans. It was special knowing that the performance of this song in our very own, Dallas, was completely genuine. Magic Man’s set was one of those moments in which you had to truly be there to understand what it was like.
Out of all the concerts I have been to, the affinity for music shown in this tour will stay with me forever. I have never been to a concert filled with more love. You could tell the whole crew was more than just a couple of bands touring together. They were a family. Right before the end of the show, The Griswolds and Panama Wedding joined Magic Man on the stage, one final time to perform their own rendition of “Ignition” by R. Kelly. They were even joined by The Griswolds’ merch guy, Jay Bonisolli, also known as “Hot Jay” to all of the fans. Jay surprised the crowd by rapping a verse within the cover. Throughout the song, all of the artists laughed together and joked around. Before you knew it, all the artists were playfully jostling each other, and falling to the ground while playing their instruments. This cover was an incredible finale to this magical night.
After attending the Hotline Spring Tour, the dedication and love for music within each of these bands, was clearly undeniable. They managed to connect with every single person in the audience, creating an atmosphere that will forever be engraved in my memory. I know for a fact that the next time Panama Wedding, The Griswolds, or Magic Man are in Dallas, I will unquestionably be attending. As goes for their music, I can not wait till we get to hear the rest of The Griswolds’ and Magic Man’s new albums. The Hotline Spring Tour is an experience you won’t want to miss out on, and I’m forever grateful I got to attend the show in what was said to be “the best city”.