WHO: James Bay
WHERE: Ogdon Theater Denver Colorado
WHEN: May 7, 2015
The other night, 5/7/15, I had the opportunity of seeing James Bay with Elle King at the Ogden Theater in Denver, CO. The venue had been upgraded from a smaller venue called the Bluebird Theater to accommodate the demand.
I was the first one queing, which this time truly paid off. A man named Artie who they called the one man party, was walking around on his phone in front of the venue. While he was outside he talked to us for a bit and asked us if we were there for the meet and greet. We said “No, we are just here for the show tonight.” He then goes inside the venue and comes back but this time he asks us if we would possibly like to come in and see James sound check and do the meet and greet. Of course we said we would love that! He had then again went inside to check if it was do able. Next time he came out he came and got us and took us inside and said if the other people asked to say we’re the contest winners. It was only 6 of us that got to come inside to experience this. It was so amazing to be able to get to see James Bay sound check, pre-concert and I also got to share it through video call with a friend who wasn’t able to attend the concert that night.
After he was finished he came down from the stage and shook our hands, signed our tickets and my vinyl and chatted with us for a bit. Word can’t explain how exciting and amazing it was to meet James and get seeing something that my fellow concert goers wouldn’t get to experience. Moments like this make all the hours of queing worth it! As we waited for the rest of the time I realized that I hadn’t heard of James Bay’s opener, Elle King, so I looked her up and learned that she was the daughter of comedic actor Rob Schneider. As Elle took the stage it soon became apparent that this was true! She had no problem with making the crowd laugh as she explained the story behind some of her songs. Elle King had somewhat of a country vibe to her, which is usually not my cup of tea but she was definitely one of the most entertaining and enjoyable opening acts I have personally ever saw. I’m not to sure of many of the songs she sang because she strayed from her set list but I liked the improvisation. As Elle closed her set, she sang a cover of the song My Neck, My Back by Kaia with of course her countryesque twist on the song. I must say, I was almost in tears laughing. That girl was hilarious!
As James Bay took the stage the crowd went crazy. He started off high energy playing Collide to start the show off and kept the high energy going by playing Craving, next. It was crazy to experience how amazing his voice was live. It was so close to how he sounds on the record and to me that is true talent my friends. As he continued his set he sang We Were On Fire, If You Ever Want To Be In Love, and Need The Sun To Break, which are some of my personal favorites. Next he played Running and Let It Go, which had the entire crowd singing his lyrics. My favorite song Move Together was played next and at that moment I died a little. Scars, Best Fake Smile and Get Out While You Still Can finished his set. It had all went by way too quickly but lucky for us James returned for the encore and played 3 more songs including Incomplete, a cover of Alicia Keys If I Ain’t Got You, which was absolutely beautiful I might add, as well as his single Hold Back The River. His presence and performance were absolutely phenomenal!
This was definitely one of the best concert I have ever got the pleasure of experiencing and would definitely see James Bay again and again.
**Written by our great GATRS friend and supporter Alex Llama**