Artist from Down Under doesn’t disappoint
With high expectations to meet, Xavier Rudd did not disappoint during his July 5 performance at the Southern Jubilee Auditorium.
While the relaxed feel of the show was the same as the previous two I’ve attended, Rudd’s style felt different this time around. The new approach was to be somewhat expected however, as Dark Shades of Blue, Rudd’s newest record and reason for touring is noticeably different than past albums.
To hear Rudd’s Dark Shades of Blue click here
Focusing less on the didgeridoo, a key instrument for Rudd in the past, and more on his guitar playing and vocals, it seemed as though the Australian artist was able to connect more with the audience.
Not only did Rudd ask for the house lights to be turned on so he could see his fans, but at one point he jumped from the stage, running up and down the aisles passing out high-fives. This made for an incredible amount of energy that could be seen and felt merely by looking at the audience.
Rudd performed many of his newer songs but was sure to include one of his more popular songs, “Let Me Be” during which everyone was on their feet.
After exiting the stage, the crowd continued to hum a tune which Rudd began until he walked out again, barefoot of course, for an encore. While I was not surprised by the fact that Rudd put on an incredible show, I always find myself in awe of the energy and enthusiasm he is able to create through his music.
Also worth mentioning is Rudd’s opener, Joshua Radin. Playing acoustic and accompanied by an amazing cellist, Radin’s powerful and smooth voice makes him easily the best opening act I’ve ever seen, definitely worth checking out.
To check out Joshua Radin’s music click here