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04/10/2014 Gavin DeGraw, Parachtue, Rozzi Crane (Buffalo, NY @ SUNY Buffalo Center for the Arts)

By Eric | April 10, 2014 11:59 pm

Four months later, Tiff finally cashed in on her Christmas present… 2nd row seats! So the first act up was Rozzi Crane. In short, she sounds like Adele, looks like she’s out of the 90’s, and her backing band (read: two dudes with a keyboard and electronic drumkit) sounds like they’re from 1985. Great voice, iffy songs. She’s aligned with Adam Levine, so I’m sure we’ll probably be sick of hearing about her sooner rather than later. Given her age (23 I think?), I wasn’t sold that she’s a “Crazy-Ass Bitch” either, as her last song proclaimed.

Parachute was next, and they were pretty good, better than I expected. Light pop-rock, but real instruments, a real band, and the guys could play. This crowd was heavily skewed to the female persuasion (like 95%-5% female), and a lot of them rushed to the front of the stage for these guys. During their cover of Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark”, the lead singer was running across the stage, tripped on a cord and took a pretty wicked dive. Full marks though, he popped right back up, owned it, and soldiered right on with the song. Good on ya, dude!

She Is Love

Finally time for Gavin, and it had been nearly ten years since we’d seen him on back to back nights in Buffalo and Rochester, so we were ready to hear some newer stuff in the live setting. He delivered, with a good mix across the five albums, with a couple of covers thrown in for good measure. The ladies in attendance sang loud and proud all night, and the few that were fortunate enough to be up against the stage received plenty of attention from their hero. His backing band was fantastic, and included bassist James Cruz, who used to be in Splender. Overall, a fine set from one of Tiff’s pop artists that I can say I truly enjoy.

Gavin DeGraw
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Make a Move
Heartbreak
Chariot
Run Every Time
Who’s Gonna Save Us
Follow Through
We Belong Together
Best I Ever Had
She’s Always a Woman (Billy Joel cover)
Where You Are
Soldier
Rumour Has It (Adele cover)
Every Little Bit
More Than Anyone
Finest Hour
I Don’t Want To Be

Encore:
Leading Man
Not Over You

Make A Move

Chariot

Follow Through

I Don’t Wanna Be

Not Over You

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