Photos and Review by Samantha Witt
Seattle's historic Paramount Theatre set the stage for an unforgettable musical journey as Nathaniel Rateliff closed out his “And It’s Still Alright” fall tour on the evening of November 20th. The lights dimmed, and anticipation filled the air as Rateliff came out to welcome Kevin Morby to the stage. The audience prepared for a night of sonic magic.
The night kicked off with the mesmerizing sounds of Kevin Morby, whose distinctive blend of folk, rock, and indie captivated the audience from the first note. Morby, armed with his guitar, treated the crowd to a setlist that showcased his lyrical prowess and musical versatility. Highlights included the haunting "City Music" and the introspective "Harlem River." The opening act served as the perfect appetizer, setting the stage for the main event.
As Nathaniel Rateliff stepped into the spotlight, the Paramount Theatre came alive with energy. Rateliff's gravelly vocals and heartfelt lyrics resonated throughout the venue, creating an intimate connection with the audience. Fans were excited to see the members of the Night Sweats joining him on stage with the addition of a second set of drums and strings! The stage was adorned with subtle yet effective lighting, which enhanced the emotional impact of each song.
Classic songs like “Something Beautiful" and “And It’s Still Alright” had fans singing along to every word. The dynamic range of Rateliff's music, from soulful ballads to foot-stomping anthems, kept the audience engaged and captivated throughout the night.
The audience's response was nothing short of enthusiastic. Cheers and applause echoed through the theater after each song, a testament to the emotional impact of Rateliff's music. The connection between artist and audience was palpable, creating a shared experience that will linger in the memories of those fortunate enough to attend. As the lights faded and the last notes lingered in the air, the audience left the Paramount Theatre with hearts full and spirits lifted, grateful for the privilege of witnessing such a remarkable musical journey.