A Show Review: “Entertainment Tour” Photographed at The Senate
All Photos with review by Everett Zuraw
On November 4th, Everett was at The Senate in Columbia, SC. The old sister location for the Music Farm in Charleston. But rather than be identical to the Farm, The Senate resembles The Pour House internally, but still entices an audience more prevalent to the likes of the Farm and Windjammer: college-aged youth, and the families that reside in the state’s capitol. Giving enough space for a capacity standard to mid-sized concert venues, while also attached to Tin Roof, The Senate provides ample parking in the upper heart of Columbia.
In order, the five acts of the “Entertainment Tour”, performing at The Senate on November 4th: De’Wayne Jackson, Nick Gray, Super Whatevr, iDKHOW, and Waterparks.
De’Wayne Jackson comes fresh off a tour with a band named ‘Set It Off’, back in September. While Nick Gray is embarking on his self-claimed first (tour). Both were enthusiastic, and shared similar energy going forward into the night.
They started the night off by talking fast, a mix of spoken word and the beat being kept by pre-recorded sections, controlled from the sound booth and on stage. Keeping the audience moving while the house lights flashed… silhouettes of the artists formed as the night progressed towards the end of their respective sets. Jackson was accompanied by a backing guitarist, while Gray was backed by a DJ and his friend videotaping the entire set.
Super Whatevr, a four-piece band centered around the often melancholy songs of Skyler McKee, played the middle of the night. Their set moved the audience, keeping them ready for more. The 3 guys in front moved around, echoing the likes of Charleston Natives, Whitehall. The drummer kept the rhythm and but moved through expressions of joy shared with the other band members. After the set, Super Whatevr returned back to their merch booth, with both Jackson and Gray already standing guard at their respective tables.
Screams roared from the audience for the fourth band, iDKHOW (I Don’t Know How but They Found Me). A duo based in Salt Lake City, Utah: former Panic! at the Disco bassist, Dallon Weekes, and former drummer of Falling in Reverse, Ryan Seaman. Both coming together in 2016 where they acted as second billing for the night, the band drove the audience at times into fits of cheering. Mid-way through their set, Weekes split the audience in half, two teams based on the respective band members to see which one could cheer the loudest. Later he walked down from the stage into the middle of the audience, still performing a song with little pressure from the crowd moving towards him.
Waterparks closed out the night, with an an hour and fifteen minute set. Awsten Knight, lead vocals, and Geoff Wigington, lead guitar, rocked the front of the stage, while Otto Wood kept the beat on the drums, raised up to be seen by all in the audience. For the first few songs, the faces of the band were illuminated. Afterwards, the front house lights turned off, and only sillouhuetes moved on stage, with brief flashes of the artist’s being brought in by either cameras or the lighting director. Rain echoed from outside, but not enough to cause a distraction to the audience enthralled with the artists.
After the show, some fans stayed till half past midnight to meet the headliners. Despite the rain, the crowd was decent enough to entice the boys of Waterparks to come out, whilst the openers had already left to rest before traveling to the next venue. The trio, of Waterparks, greeted and spent time to talk with the fans that stuck around.
The Entertainment Tour kicked off on November 2nd which will end on December 1st.
Follow the artists through links through social media:
De’Wayne Jackson - @idewaynejackson on Twitter & Instagram
Nick Gray - @Nickgrayalways on Twitter & Instagram
Super Whatevr - @superwhatevr on Twitter & Instagram
iDKHOW - @idkhow on Twitter & Instagram
Waterparks - @waterparks on Twitter & Instagram