It’s usually not easy to get a crowd out of the house on a Monday night, but Gracie Abrams had no problem selling out August Hall in San Francisco, CA this past Monday. Abrams is currently touring in support of her project This Is What It Feels Like, which was released last fall via Interscope Records. This is her first full headlining tour, and it was almost entirely sold out – and it certainly won’t be the last time that happens.
Her set was the perfect combination of songs from This Is What It Feels Like, her debut project minor, and other singles she’s released throughout the course of her career thus far. The night started with Abrams bounding on stage to open her set with “Feels Like,” a heartfelt song that’s a testament to the beauty of friendship. Following a hopeful opening, Abrams immediately launched into “Brush Fire,” “Better,” and “minor.”
Abram’s is known for her soft, bedroom pop songs that could make just about anyone cry. She has a special talent where she’s able to shatter your heart just by singing a single lyric. But she found her audience, and the response they had to her during her set on Monday night was a very visceral, emotional reaction that was very powerful to witness. The connection Abrams has with her fans runs so deep – every lyric of every song was shouted back at Abrams with so much love and hope. But also, every interaction Abrams shared with the crowd during a song or in-between songs was wholesome and pure – those who were in attendance got to see a tight-knit community come together to celebrate Abrams, her music, and the security and hope live music provides fans with. The adoration Abrams and her fans share for each other is very special, one could only imagine it’s the kind of artist-fan relationship aspiring musicians hope to have.
For a show that was filled with so many heartbreaking songs like “Friend,” “Painkillers,” “Long Sleeves,” and “Rockland” the energy in August Hall was absolutely electric. The crowd was entranced with Abrams’ soft, delicate voice. There is so much emotionality in her lyrics and phrasing, and the audience ate up every second of it. They hang on every word she sang and gave every ounce of energy Abrams poured into her performance right back to her and her band.
Abrams closed the show out with a power trio of songs – “I Miss You, I’m Sorry,” “Unlearn,” and “For Real This Time” – breaking everyone’s hearts one last time before the night was over.
While Gracie Abrams’ tour is coming to an end, there will surely be other chances to have your heart broken by her (in person!) soon enough. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay up-to-date on all of her upcoming tours and releases.
Check out our photos from her show in San Francisco below!
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