Kodaline + Gavin James @ Commodore Ballroom – May 10th 2015

Steve Garrigan of Kodaline @ Commodore Ballroom Vancouver © Jamie Taylor

Kodaline is one of those bands that sounds really good on a recording. I was worried that when I finally was able to see them live, that they wouldn’t live up to my expectation. Well I am happy to report that they are even better in person. Steve Garrigan’s vocals seem to have an even greater charisma to them. The crowd was immediately swept away in the energetic and captivating performance. The stage was washed in blues and oranges, adding the perfect visual accoutrement.

One thing that was immediately clear about the Dublin-bred quartet, is that they each have their own persona on the stage. Not a single member of the band fades away, or yields to the greater presence of another band mate. They each have their own intriguing performance style, it made watching them that much more interesting. Another key to their success has to be the smiles and good-times vibe they deliver. The whole band always looks so excited to be performing, they looks genuinely happy to be playing for their fans. Its not that this is uncommon, but they seem to just really radiate this fact. It becomes contagious, and the crowd really eats it up. I found myself getting wrapped up in the whole presentation, and toe-tapping and head-bopping along, with a big smile stretched from ear to ear.

If you have an opportunity to check these chaps out, jump at it. You will not be disappointed.

Now lets talk a little about the opener. Gavin James. This man has such beautiful vocals. At one point during the set he played a cover of Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World, and it was fantastic. He even added a little Louis-esque growl to his voice, that polished off the piece perfectly. Prior to this show I had only ever heard Gavin’s song The Book Of Love. A delightful piece where you his tender vocals sweetly sweep across your ears. During his performance at the Commodore Ballroom, I saw how much range he has. I walked out of the show with a great appreciation for his sound, and am now seeking more of his music to add to me playlist.


Gavin James

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