Photos and review by Becca Mathias
Greyson Chance quickly became a viral YouTube star in 2010 with his incredible piano performance of “Paparazzi”; however, Chance is ready to shed the past and showcase his new, more mature, music. Portraits, Chance’s sophomore LP, was released in mid-March.
The Portraits tour made a stop at The Foundry, an intimate 450-capacity club part of the Fillmore, in Philadelphia. Opening the show with the first song off portraits, titled “shut up” he quickly engaged the audience with his energy and confident stage presence. “It’s been six or seven years since I’ve played in Philadelphia and it feels good to be back” Chance mentioned during the show. Fans from the beginning might be disappointed that they won’t hear old favorites such as “Waiting Outside the Lines” or his famous “Paparazzi” cover, but you’ll still get to see Chance sit down and wow the audience with his impressive piano playing. Chance played a mix of upbeat tracks and slow songs to showcase his incredible vocals. “For every bad day, there’s a million good ones to follow”, Chance stated before playing “Good as Gold.” Portraits spoken word tracks are appropriately recited between songs, giving a chance for fans to hear about Chance’s life these past few years. “plains” tells the story of Chance playing his first gig at a frat house when he was twelve and a heartwarming message from his mother. Sipping from a bottle of wine during the upbeat “Twenty One” you’re reminded that Chance is suddenly all grown up.
Chance closed out the show with the crowd favorite “yours” which he has recently released a music video for shot exclusively on 16mm film.
Check out photos from Chance’s show in Philadelphia below!