The Head and the Heart is an indie-folk band made up of six members: Josiah, Jonathan, Charity, Chris, Kenny, and Tyler. They’ve been on the top of my music list for quite a while now, and last week I finally got to see them perform live at The Fillmore. In my opinion, most bands sound pretty much the same when performing live. The Head and the Heart, however, exceeded any prior expectations that I had, and I can confidently say that they are even better live.
They started the show with “Living Mirage,” which seemed like the perfect choice to open their tour by the same name. From the moment they started playing, I knew that I was in for one hell of a night. Their strong start was followed by new and old songs such as “Missed Connection,” “All We Ever Knew,” and one of my personal favorites, “Honeybee”. The crowd was high energy, all dancing and singing along, enjoying the good music and good company. Their fun, feel-good songs made for a perfect vibe throughout the venue. Going to a concert always amplifies my appreciation for a band, because their live songs go beyond just a click on my Spotify. I love to put a face to the voices and connect the band members to the instruments and the music.
Speaking of voices, the only female in the band, Charity, blew the entire crowd away with her angelic voice. Her voice is so unique, and quite honestly had a magical component to it that just captivated everyone in the crowd. Every time she had a solo part, chills ran through my body. Now whenever I listen to a song of theirs, I have a picture in my head of the exact moment it was being performed and how I felt. To me, that is what makes concerts so special — getting to hold onto a certain feeling long after the concert is over.
Leaving the concert, I couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear. I spent the rest of my night, and the days following, with their latest album on repeat. The Head and the Heart was already one of my all-time favorite bands, but after witnessing the magic of their live performance, my love for them has reached a whole new level.
If you haven’t heard of them, be sure to check them out. My favorite songs of theirs are “Honeybee”, “Living Mirage”, “Brenda”, and of course, “Rivers and Roads”. I am hoping they will come back to JazzFest this year, so if you missed this concert you can check them out there!
Cover Photo: Jenn D Photography