Evan Hazlett | February 16, 2018
On Friday, I had the opportunity to attend and photograph Lauv’s sold out show at
Lincoln Hall. This show was especially special to Lauv as he was nearing the end of his North
American tour and was also special me as I got to attend it with a very good friend of mine
named Ashley, touring colleges in the Chicago area. Her last night in the Windy City
was spent dancing along to Lauv’s melodic vibes. If that isn’t a perfect ending for a trip to
Chicago, I’m not sure what is.
If I’m being honest, I was not super familiar with Lauv’s music before this show. I knew
some of his unpopular songs, and a few of his more popular ones such as “I Like Me Better” and “A Different Way” which Lauv recorded with none other than DJ Snake. I had not heard of
Jeremy Zucker, the opener on this tour but after this show - I definitely will be streaming Jeremy and Lauv’s song a lot more often.
The overall show was exceptional, starting with Jeremy Zucker’s opening. One quick
thing I noticed is his strong resemblance to Blackbear. I was not surprised when Jeremy shared
with the audience that he was going to play the original of a song he wrote that Blackbear
released titled “Make Daddy Proud.” I’ve jammed to this song so many times and it was
awesome to see where it originated from. I love seeing this type of music progression.
The most important thing to me at every show I go to is the audience/performer
interaction. Lauv not only gave a spectacular performance but truly connected with the audience.
I think his tour name “I met you when I was 18” personally connects with myself and many other 18 year olds in the audience. Throughout the show, he would stop to describe the meaning of many of the songs he sung which I think adds a new level to them. The one comment he made that got the most attention from the audience was his statement about falling in love. He said that falling in love is full of ups and down and is truly confusing as hell. This statement is something that we can all relate to and the audience’s cheers led me to believe they agree.
Something special and I haven’t seen done at a show before is something Lauv refers to
as "Blue Thoughts". Basically, at every show there is a box and Lauv encourages attendees to write anything on their mind, anything at all and throw it in a box. He then takes these notes and a photo with the crowd and saves them as a memory. This is a truly creative way to really connect and embrace with fans. I commend his for this and it was a wonderful sight to see so many excited fans tossing their notes in.
I am looking forward to seeing Lauv again February 22, as he will be performing for DePaul students at their annual free concert named Polarpalooza. Students can
reserve their tickets HERE. I highly recommend DePaul students to catch this show, and non-
DePaul students to catch Lauv next time he comes around.