This month started off with a bang thanks to Lukas Graham’s opening performance at Orlando’s House of Blues. Kicking off their U.S. tour’s 2nd leg, the Danish pop band opened their set with their newest single, “Take the World By Storm,” a song which declares their goal for this tour. The band followed that song with “Better Than Yourself,” “You’re Not There,” and “Hayo,” a track which has yet to be released in North America.
Lukas Graham didn’t have any visuals with their show, but they didn’t need any – they more than made up for it with their performance. From front man Lukas Forchhammer hitting all of his notes perfectly, to bassist Magnus Larsson’s running around stage, hyping up the crowd with his impressive skill, it was electric. Meanwhile, drummer Mark Falgren took attendees to the jungle with his incredible drum solos. The Rusty Trombones, the band’s horn section, kept hearts pumping and energy flowing throughout the night.
Despite the band’s growing popularity, they were humble during their performance, attributing their success to their fans. Halfway through their performance, Forchammer expressed such shock that the crowd knew his music so well.
Have you all listened to the whole record before you came here? We played in Tampa and Miami last year and people only knew one song.”
The second half of the performance, which was deemed the “party part of tonight’s set,” was far more lively. Forchammer and Larsson lost their shirts during “Strip No More” and led a crowd sing-a-long of their hit “Mama Said.” There was never a dull moment. Closing the show with “Funeral” and their most popular song, “7 Years,” the band dedicated the latter to a girl in the audience recently diagnosed with cancer.
Opening for Lukas Graham was Australian musician Hein Cooper. Cooper, armed with only a portable drum machine and an acoustic guitar, soulful sang songs including “Rusty,” “New Blue,” and “Dopamine.”
Overall, this show was an incredible way to begin 2017. Whether you’re seven years old or even 30 years old, Lukas Graham will always meet your expectations for an incredible performance. Be sure to catch him when he comes to a city near you!
Lukaas Graham Live Review & Photos by James Strassberger
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