Walker Hayes brought his headlining ‘Dream On It’ tour to Philadelphia’s Theatre Of The Living Arts on South Street for an evening of hit songs and energy-filled sets with special guest FILMORE. Hayes launched the fan-named ‘Dream On It’ Tour on Jan. 31 in Houston, TX and most of the shows are sold out and the show in Philadelphia was not much different being nearly packed out to full capacity.
FILMORE launched the show with an energy-filled set, full of his own unique sound of country music. Blending pop with country and even some electronic elements within his anthemic sound, in which can be compared to country star, Sam Hunt. Filmore started out as a band before moving into his own solo career before forming a duo and finally settling on being his own, solo artist.
FILMORE’s current country single and first song on radio rotation “Slower,” was a highlight of his performance as he fused together traditional country with today’s pop-country song. The crowd must’ve done their research on FILMORE as they were seen singing along to every word not only during this song but throughout his entire 9-song set which included hits like “Country Song,” “Love That About You,” and “Heart’s Having a Hard Time.” That is highly showcased within the streaming numbers of his Spotify for the single “Slower” as it has over 26.4 million streams. Another highlight of his set would include his impressive cover of The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” in which the crowd went absolutely wild. Ending his attention grasping performance with his very catchy song “You Know You Wanna.” FILMORE definitley left his mark on Philadelphia and gained a ton of new fans with his energetic set of original music with a refreshing sound that deserves to be heard.
Walker Hayes demanding the attention of the nearly sold out crowd next, for an extraordinary 19-song set, that included hit after hit song with an inspiring message behind each one. Hayes’ became a household name in 2017 with his hit single “You Broke Up With Me,” after working at Costco to support his family after a failed record deal which ended up giving him his first Top 10 hit single and his story doesn’t stop there and you can hear that within his music, his story is the story of if you work hard enough you will reach your goals eventually even if it takes failure to make the success happen. Launching his set with a fan-favorite “Dollar Store,” before immediately taking it to the next level with “Shut Up Kenny” and a massive sing-a-long during “Break The Internet.”
Highlights during Hayes’ include the entire crowd swaying back and forth together during “Mind Candy,” Jumping, screaming and shouting along to “You Broke Up With Me,” the crowd sparkling in song during “Lela’s Stars” & “Beautiful” and a roaring sing-a-long to “Halloween” to end the evening of incredible country music. We also really appreciated Hayes’ between song banter joking with the crowd but also telling them stories behind some of the songs through the lyrics in the songs, especially noted during his piano driven singles where he got a little bit deeper with the crowd singing “Beer In The Fridge” and his emotion-filled “Craig.” We also have to mentioned his breathtaking cover of Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee” where he made the song his own.
Hayes’ included all of the songs from his second studio album, Boom, within his setlist but also songs from his EP’s self titled, 8Tracks (Vol. 1): Good Shit & 8Tracks (Vol. 2): Break the Internet and his debut album, Reason to Rhyme. Ending out his set with his current latest single, “90’s Country,” which is the first fans have heard from Hayes new project that hasn’t yet been announced. The song includes a bunch of fan-favorite hit songs from some of the biggest iconic country songs.
Whether you are a fan of Hayes’ music or not, it’s very difficult to not be mesmerized by Hayes’ charming spirits on and off the stage, one of the genuine guys in the music industry. His unique sound has worked for him and made him rapidly grow into the artist he is today with his anthemic singles that top the charts and dominate radio stations. We look forward to new music from Hayes’ as well as his and FILMORE’s performance at this year’s 2019 CMA Fest in Nashville, TN.
Check out Andrew Wendowski’s photo gallery of Walker Hayes & FILMORE below:
Remaining ‘Dream On It’ Tour Dates:
April 11, 2019 — Columbus, Ohio — Newport Music Hall
April 12, 2019 — Knoxville, Tenn. — The Mill & Mine
April 13, 2019 — Greensboro, N.C. — Cone Denim Entertainment Center
April 26, 2019 — Denver, Colo. — Grizzly Rose*
April 27, 2019 — Salt Lake City, Utah — The Depot
April 29, 2019 — San Martin, Calif. — Clos La Chance Winery
April 30, 2019 — Sacramento, Calif. — Ace of Spades
May 2, 2019 — Seattle, Wash. — Showbox
May 3, 2019 — Spokane, Wash. — The Knitting Factory
May 4, 2019 — Boise, Idaho — Knitting Factory Concert House
*Filmore will not be opening that date