America, meet your new heartthrob

Aussie artist Vance Joy wows 'em with simple sounds

When Taylor Swift announced she was taking Australian singer/songwriter Vance Joy on her 2015 World Tour, I was surprised. His hit “Riptide” is catchy and charming, but the acoustic vibe of his debut album doesn’t quite scream “opening for a sold-out show in Madison Square Garden." My confusion cleared when a gang of braces-clad, pre-teen girls ran into the House of Blues, followed by a man looking every bit the part of a Dad-who-pulled-the-short-straw.

Just this June, Vance Joy was featured in a 91X Next Big Thing concert, with tickets available at the door for 91 cents. On Tuesday, the alternative folk-rock artist took on the House of Blues for a show that sold out well in advance.

Despite the young audience, Vance Joy ‘s performance had the musicality and presence of a matured artist. Even with cameras rolling for Yahoo’s Live Streaming Concert Series, the act came across as very natural and genuine, with minimal production and a focus on sound.

The power of simplicity seemed to be the theme throughout the set, highlighting the power of a simple acoustic guitar or ukulele. The set list relied heavily on the band's debut album Dream Your Life away.

With raw talent and the ferocious support of a young fan base to propel Vance Joy, this Next Big Thing’s time has arrived.

  • Concert: Vance Joy
  • Venue: House of Blues
  • Date: November 25
  • Seats: GA

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