Show Review: Gavin DeGraw at MTelus, Montréal

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When a show is upgraded venues due to popularity, it’s usually a good indication of a show you don’t want to miss. Gavin DeGraw was no exception. In fact, he brought more than we asked for. I’m still Not Over Your show, Gavin DeGraw.

The American singer-songwriter who is most famous for his hit “I Don’t Want To Be” becoming the theme song of One Tree Hill, played Tuesday night for a packed room at MTELUS. Currently on his RAW tour supporting his 2016 album Something Worth Saving, DeGraw brought not only his incredible voice and tracks, but some good jokes, reminiscent stories and an incredibly humbling charm. Starting out the show with “Chariot” and closing with “I Don’t Want To Be” the two-hour set featured all his biggest hits, a few covers and a 3-song encore. In between songs, he joked about his teenage years as a less-than-talented artists, his fear in putting out his second album (because “most second albums are bad”) and how single people always cheer louder at concerts because couples aren’t always both attending willingly. But the moments weren’t always laughs and singing as DeGraw started tearing up before the last song, thanking the audience again for being one of the Best He Ever Had of the year and dedicating the final song to his mom who passed earlier this year. The crowd sang with him once more to close out the evening.

DeGraw has found much success since putting out his first album in 2003, understandably, much in thanks to One Tree Hill. But his talent and music didn’t die with the drama series. His ability to write numerous hits, draw a substantial crowd years after any massive radio songs and stay humble through it all makes his career one a crowd is excited to support. His versatility (country, rock and dance songs in one evening!), stage presence and power vocals were all on display at his show and we can only hope the artist continues to bring music for his fans for years to come.

 

 

Setlist

Chariot

King Kong

In Love With A Girl

Kite Like Girl

Best I Ever Had

Run Every Time

Stealing

I Won’t Back Down (Tom Petty Cover)

Lover Be Strong

Follow Through

Something Worth Saving

Maybe I’m Amazed (Paul McCartney Cover)

Annalee

Sweeter

More Than Anyone

Change Gonna Come (Sam Cooke Cover)

Hallelujah, I Love Her (Ray Charles Cover)

Soldier

City On Fire

Not Over You

Encore

I Don’t Wanna Be

April Yablonovitch

A born and raised Montrealer, April is a recent marketing graduate from McGill University. Trying to navigate through the adult world, she now works in digital music marketing at Wavo.me. When she isn't photographing or attending shows, you likely won't be able to find her, because she isn't in one place long. But, you can follow her adventures at @aprilyab on Instagram and Twiter for all things travel, music and photography. For more information check out www.aprilyablonovitch.com or contact at aprilyab@gmail.com

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