SonReal Surfs Hometown Crowd on the ‘One Long Dream’ Tour

B.C.’s own singer-songwriter/rapper, SonReal held his third show of the One Long Dream Tour at the Vogue Theatre on November 10, 2017. With two openers – DJ Seko and Blaque Keyz – the hometown crowd was ready to get the party started.

Doors opened at 7 with DJ Seko set up at the stage. Fans began to pour in while he played remixes at center stage.

Blaque Keyz

Blaque Keyz, the Vogue Theatre, November 10, 2017 / ALEXIS DAYFOOT

Blaque Keyz followed after with a flag bearer coming out on stage with his trademark flag. With a flag in the air and the blind fading in and out of vocals, the DJ hyped up the crowd with an instrumental introduction. The flag bearer left and Blaque Keyz came on stage. Performing an introductory music-less monologue, he told the crowd a bit about himself. Feeling the music in other songs, he kept the crowd hyped for the main headliner with a consistent bounce step and occasional dancing. Ending his set off, he grabbed an Instagram video of himself and the crowd.


SonReal, the Vogue Theatre, November 10, 2017 / ALEXIS DAYFOOT

A house was set up on the stage with the address – 1851. Fans would know it as the location SonReal used to record, rehearse, and film within in Vancouver. Along the rest of the stage was a white picket fence, a Christmas tree and a BBQ. Visually it was appealing with the band placed around the empty spaces.

SonReal came out and the entire crowd cheered for days. After attempting to start the show, he hesitated and stood there in awe. With one last roar from the crowd, he began to sing an acoustic song with his guitar. Vocally he had a distinctive nasal voice that elevated his performance.


SonReal, the Vogue Theatre, November 10, 2017 / ALEXIS DAYFOOT

The lighting and technical aspect of the show was done well. As per timing with his songs and dance moves they highlighted and hyped up the show to a new level.

Caring about the fans, if he didn’t hear them singing along, he’d stop in the middle of the song to get the crowd back on track. With his biggest radio single “Can I Get A Witness,” specifically, the song initially ended with him singing along with the crowd, then moving to a preaching moment. At the end of that segment he mentioned two words that have gotten him to where he is today…”shots fired.” The song continued again making the crowd go crazy.


SonReal, the Vogue Theatre, November 10, 2017 / ALEXIS DAYFOOT

Walking across the stage similar to a duck waddle with rigid legs, his stage presence was amazing because he gave love to all sides of the stage, even the crowd on the balcony. He kept the crowd engaged by hopping off the stage at three points in his set: first, to get a fan to sing along, second, to stand on the barricade to get real close to the fans, and third, to crowd surf. He made the crowd close in tightly so he would be secure and then dove right into the middle of the crowd like one would at a swimming pool. Later, he dove in again and was followed by his guitarist, who was a bit larger, and unfortunately fell through the crowd to the floor.


SonReal, the Vogue Theatre, November 10, 2017 / ALEXIS DAYFOOT

Arms were high in the air as most of his songs had persistent beat droppings. With a nice variety of slow and fast songs, SonReal gave a positive, humorous vibe throughout the entire set.

Not expecting it to be as fun as it was. The hometown crowd definitely enjoyed it as much as SonReal did. To see him at a larger venue would be different, but I don’t doubt that he could get the larger crowd any less hyped than it was for the Vogue.

Niall Horan’s Debut Album Flicker Shines Brighter than Just a Mere Spark

One Directions’ Niall Horan recently released his debut solo album, Flicker. The Irish native was much involved with this album from songwriting to being a session musician.

The album starts with a rich guitar and drum beat as if you were on the run. I assume that this was his musical intentions because the track is title, “On the Loose.” Following that, you notice that this folky soft pop album is guitar oriented, as Horan plays the guitar. The albums sound is like a mixture of Bob Dylan and Vance Joy.

Flicker includes his chart topping singles, “This Town”, “Slow Hands”, and “Too Much To Ask.” All these songs are musically contrasting as most of the other tracks on the album. “This Town” is an acoustic song including a guitar, a piano and a hint of strings. “Slow Hands” instantly comes in with a drum kick, a heavy bass and an electric guitar. “Too Much To Ask” is piano based track that’s intimate and emotional.

Lyrically there’s a string that’s weaved throughout the entire album that revolves around the theme of one or more girls who have either broken his heart or made him feel different in a positive way.

With deep personal stories, you feel the emotional connection Horan has with each song. The album’s title track, “Flicker” is one of Horan’s most difficult and lyrical songs. “I’m afraid that what we had is gone, then I think of the start, and it echoes a spark.” Contemporary and, once again, guitar based, Horan takes you on a reminiscing journey. Stripped down and rooted it’s about how relationships can die, but when you think back to the beginning, when there were the unknown and exciting emotions, the flickering spark might still be there shining. You can only hope and pray it doesn’t fade away.

“Seeing Blind” the only duet track off this album which features the American female artist Maren Morris. Horan seems to enjoy the hard strike of a guitar because this song has a heavy beat with the subtle use of palm muting on the guitar. Throughout the song there’s a good use of the xylophone as well. On top of the instrumental choices there’s the precise pleasing harmonies. The two of them mesh well vocally making this song that more flattering.

Niall Horan’s solo career seems to be pretty bright from the large positive reaction after his album release. I think this album is really suitable for many occasions, like going for a drive after a breakup, outdoor camping with someone special or sitting alone in the night, making it relatable to many.

Horan is already touring the world with this album. Fans had so much faith in his music they sold out the whole tour. Needless to say, it may have been a good choice to branch out from One Direction for a little to sky rocket as high as a solo artist.