VÉRITÉ Somewhere In Between Tour

Brooklyn-based singer and songwriter VÉRITÉ (born Kelsey Byrne) helped cure the Monday blues and start the week off right with her Somewhere in Between Chicago tour stop. Playing to a sizable crowd at Lincoln Hall (also so happens to be my favorite music venue in the city), VÉRITÉ‘s soft yet soulful and intense vocals took over the night.

Verite Crowd

Alt pop? Alt rock? Not totally sure where I’d put her on the genre spectrum but to be frank some of the best artists are those who don’t necessarily identify with a particular genre. Singing from her debut album, a few of my personal favorites that she performed were ‘Need Nothing,’ ‘Bout You‘ and ‘Better.’ Pausing in between a few songs to chat with the crowd, something a fellow show goer mentioned was different this time around–mind you he had seen her a handful of times already, VÉRITÉ connected with the Monday night crowd. “I don’t know how it happened, but I managed to cut my lip with that last song so hopefully there’s no blood on my face,” she said as she laughed at one point during her set.

It’s no surprise she’s accumulated more than 95+ million streams on Spotify (to date) because it seems like her fans are pretty willing to catch her anytime she’s in their neck of the woods. Loyal listeners indeed. After chatting with a couple of them, I quickly realized you don’t just see VÉRITÉ once. All of them had one thing in common, this wasn’t their first time seeing her,This is my fifth time seeing her” or “Yea this is like my third time seeing her.”

I have this little music rule of mine: Don’t repeat artists (I’ve made exceptions…) and I’m finding it harder and harder to stick to it…I definitely wouldn’t mind catching her next time she’s in town.

Check out VÉRITÉ‘s Soundcloud, and catch her at one of her upcoming shows:

September 1   Seattle, WA @ Barboza
September 2   Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
September 3   Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
September 5   San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
September 10  Dana Point, CA @ Ohana Music and Arts Festival
September 12  Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
September 15  Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Jr.
September 16  Dallas, TX @ Three Links
September 17  Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)
September 19  Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
September 20  Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
September 21  Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
September 22  Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

 

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You Release, You Receive

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need. – Tao Te Ching

There’s something about Mother Nature and being outdoors that bring a sense of calmness and contentment. Getting your one-on-one time with her can be just what doctor ordered to ease your mind, body and soul. Let go of expectations and the “shoulds” of life, and open yourself to what is and who knows, you may find a road to what could be. Give yourself the opportunity to explore and patience to learn.

Audio

Swagon – Detlef & Ossey James

This dance chune has been on repeat for the past week or so, and comes just in time to make it to my Summer 2017 playlist. ‘Swagon’ (released January 27, 2017) combines groovy house with some hip-hop swag that will move your body from beat to beat. Check it out, and let me know what you think!