It has been said that true rock 'n' roll can be felt in the soul.
The same may have been true for 400 fans that packed The Loft last night in Lansing, MI to see the bluegrass rock 'n' roll band, NEEDTOBREATHE. The speakers and foot stomping shook the floor with every guitar rift. This 400 person venue felt like it had the energy of a sold out stadium. From the opening act to the final chords of NEEDTOBREATHE, the music could be felt deep within each audience member.
The Wild Feathers opened for the sold out NEEDTOBREATHE show. The Wild Feathers originally from Nashville, Tennessee, had a very similar style to NEEDTOBREATHE with a bluegrass rock 'n' roll infused sound. The Wild Feathers had a fun time with the audience, interacting and reminding them that the headliner was up next so be sure to "limber up." After playing an energetic and upbeat set, The Wild Feathers headed backstage and the quick change over of the main stage began.
After turning down the lights in the venue for about ten minutes, a slow roar of excitement built within the audience and NEEDTOBREATHE headed to center stage. NEEDTOBREATHE opened with "Devil's Been Talkin'" off of their album The Reckoning.
Lead singer, Bear Rinehart, interacted often with the audience saying that the band wanted to play smaller venues so they could see and hear their fans. Rinehart added that this was going to be a good old "rock 'n' roll show."
The set lists included fan favorites like, "White Fences," and "Drive All Night." When Rinehart played his harmonica, it felt like the audience could hardly contain their excitement and screams of enjoyment. The smaller venue had the energy and passion of a sold out arena tour.
NEEDTOBREATHE announced their last song and let the lights fall on the stage. Instantly, fans started to cheer, "one more song." Little did fans know, the best part of the night was yet to come.
Rinehart and the band members emerged from the darkness and joked with the audience saying, "There wasn't really anywhere for us to go, so if it is ok with y'all, we are going to play a few more songs."
The encore included a few songs from the bands upcoming album, including, "Difference Maker," and their current single, "Keep Your Eyes Open." Before the band closed the show, they told the audience to wait one moment and walked off stage. Fans turned to the back of the venue to see the entire band with acoustic instruments standing on the top platform of the venue, no microphones, just themselves. Rinehart asked the audience to not sing along until he asked them so everyone could hear. The audience respected the request and listened to every note of "Something Beautiful." It was clear in this moment that NEEDTOBREATHE is not in this industry for the fortune or the fame, they simply want to play music and interact with their fans that have been around since the start. Their passion is pure and their soul can be felt in every note, guitar cord and drum beat.
Rinehart concluded by saying, "Thank you for letting us do what we love, we have you all to thank for that."
For the 400 fans that packed the venue, NEEDTOBREATHE's honest, energetic and intimate performance was thank you enough.
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