To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) started as a fundraising effort back in 2006 to help founder Jamie Tworkowski’s friend get treatment for her drug addiction. The idea went viral and gained popularity, especially after Switchfoot singer Jon Foreman wore a TWLOHA shirt on stage during a performance.
It’s only fitting that Jon Foreman joined this tour with his band Fiction Family to help spread the word that everyone matters.
First up was Noah Gundersen and sister Abby, singing and playing a moving, heartfelt set as their last performance on the tour.
Tworkowski took the stage to talk about TWLOHA and his friend’s story that started it all before introducing new up-and-comers Now, Now. They played a few tunes including “School Friends” and current single “Dead Oaks” from recent release “Threads.” Singer Cacie Dalager seemed to thoroughly enjoy herself and was very smiley, especially after the venue’s sound engineer returned one of their lost shakers.
After another moving story from a recovered addict, Aaron Gillespie of The Almost came out to lighten up the night a bit with his comical antics. He has an incredibly powerful voice and a crazy amount of energy, which he put to good use on his kickdrum.
Next up was poet Anis Mojgani, performing a couple of his poems. At an event like this I expected something slow, moving, and meaningful; something that might make people cry. But no; he opened his mouth and out came a great amount of words moving at a wittily fast pace, making people laugh talking about how everybody poops and has boogers. It still had an immense amount of meaning and was very moving, but in a fun, fast way. He has a great stage presence as well.
He introduced one-man band Bryce Avary, aka The Rocket Summer, who was on this tour without a band. He used loop pedals for a couple songs to record a background track to go underneath his main instrument, using lots of beatboxing. He brought out a contest winner to play a quick bit on the keytar as well. What a talented guy. He also looks a bit like Jon Foreman after growing out his blonde hair; “Sorry if you thought I was Jon Foreman when I walked out.”
After a quick wrap-up from Tworkowski Jon Foreman took the stage to play a couple solo songs, including an acoustic “cover” of Switchfoot’s “Meant To Live,” the majority of which was sung by the crowd without amplifying the sound on stage.
He then brought Fiction Family out to play some of their own songs. After their set ended they said goodnight and left the stage, only to be followed by incredibly loud chants begging for “one more song!”
The band came back and did two more songs, bringing out everyone on the tour at the end for a cover of Neil Young’s “Heart Of Gold” while everyone in the audience put their arms around each other and swayed back and forth.
It made for a great end to the night.
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