The Head and The Heart in Concert

The Head and The Heart, an indie-folk rock band, played at the Palace Theatre in downtown Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday October 16, with opener Illiterate Light. The venue offered beautiful acoustics and visually appealing decor that added to the overall vibe and positive experience of the show.


The Head and The Heart have been on tour their North American tour since mid-June, debuting songs from their latest album, Living Mirage, which released in May of 2019. Living Mirage is The Head and The Hearts’ fourth highly-anticipated studio album since 2016.


The Head and the Heart consist of lead singer/songwriter Jonathan Russell, Charity Rose Thielen (vocals, violin and guitar), Chris Zasche (bass), Kenny Hensley (keyboards), Matt Gervais (guitar, vocals), and Tyler Williams (drums). During the show frontman Russell commented on how each member of the band has their own specific music taste and proceeded to explain how they are all able to come together and learn new music that isn’t their own. One of those musical endeavors, a cover of “Sunflower” by Post Malone, was played live for the first time with very positive crowd response.


What I found most enjoyable about this concert is how intimate it felt. The Head and the Heart played in a large theatre but still managed to make it feel like a very personal experience, especially by the way they  engaged with the audience. Russell jumped off stage to dance around with the crowd and candidly told us about his day spent in Columbus, addressing us as though we were all his close friends.


Toward end the night, The Head and The Heart came out for an encore of three more songs, leaving us with one of their most popular hits, “Rivers & Roads” from their self-titled first album in 2011, an emotionally charged duet between lead singer Russel and Charity Rose, who showed us truly how powerful her voice is.


With tour dates lasting through mid-December, The Head and The Heart will hopefully continue to make appearances into 2020, especially on some upcoming music festival lineups. If you are unable to make a live show, check out their latest music video of “See You Through My Eyes” that was released last Thursday.



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