Last week I had the pleasure of checking out Secondhand Serenade play his album Awake at the House of Blues in Cleveland, OH. He had some great acoustic support from Ronnie Winter (of Red Jumpsuit Apparatus) and Hawthorne Heights.
I actually only had a chance to catch the last two songs for Ronnie Winter, but from what I got the chance to hear, he sounded great. The last song he played was “Your Guardian Angel“, a Red Jumpsuit Apparatus song, and the crowd seemed to love it, singing all the words. I’m sad I missed most of the set, but traffic and bad weather just don’t get along too great in Cleveland.
Hawthorne Heights was up next, playing another acoustic set for the night. Being Ohio natives, you could tell the band was excited to play close to home. They played a good span of their discography, with breaks in between to talk about mental health and promoting anyone to seek help if needed, which was great to hear the support they had for it. They of course, ended their set with a small story about the Cavs winning the finals and going straight into their infamous Ohio anthem, “Ohio Is For Lovers” off of The Silence In Black And White. The crowd, of course sang every word and it was a great way to tie up their set.
Secondhand Serenade was the final and most anticipated act of the night, as the night was in celebration for the ten year anniversary of his first album Awake. He walked onto the stage, girls screaming “I love you!” left and right, and took a seat on his stool for an acoustic set. Ten years later, and Awake still sounds great. He of course, played the album, which includes crowd favorites such as “Vulnerable” and “Your Call“. He took breaks in between songs to talk about why or how some of the songs were written, which was interesting to hear how these songs came to fruition. To end the night, he of course had to play his hit song from another album A Twist In My Story, “Fall For You“. The crowd sang the song for a truly happy ending to the show at The House of Blues. Chris actually just released a remastered version of Awake, which even includes a couple new songs, so check it out and relive some nostalgia!