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Trevor Hall 8.16.15
By Katy Wilkie August 18, 2015
Hilton Head, South Carolina-native, Trevor Hall, brought Tubby Love along with him to Charlotte’s Visulite Theatre on Sunday night for the final …
Hilton Head, South Carolina-native, Trevor Hall, brought Tubby Love along with him to Charlotte’s Visulite Theatre on Sunday night for the final night of their tour. Trevor Hall has been compared to the likes of Bob Marley and Jack Johnson with a unique sound of acoustic, folk, reggae and Sanskrit chanting that makes his music hard to fit into the typical genre mold.
The show started at 8 p.m. with Tubby Love and Amber Lily. Their music was upbeat and catchy with a mix of reggae and beatboxing, a unique enough sound to hold the crowd’s attention. The genuine chemistry between Tubby Love and Amber Lily was contagious to the audience who danced restlessly throughout the 50-minute set.
After a long enough intermission for the audience to make their way back to the bar, refill on drinks and reclaim their spots, it was time for Trevor Hall to take the stage. Hall, with an acoustic guitar strapped across his chest humbly took the stage alongside his percussionist, Doug Smith, and bassist, Brian Lang. Though the crowd was modest at first it didn’t take long for Hall’s passion and energy to emanate throughout the venue and persuade the audience to sway along to his soulful voice. While the pit was packed with fans that were ready to sing and dance, the Visulite owned its intimate aura with LED candles adorning the tables of the upper levels. The setlist included favorites such as “Green Mountain State” and “ Well I Say…” and “Unity” along with brand new songs from Hall’s upcoming album “Kala” which releases on August 21.
The crowd got more into the show as the setlist continued and eventually led to a mid-show percussion solo that had the crowd cheering, jumping and dancing. The energy of the crowd hit its highest point when Hall sampled the popular song “Zombie” by The Cranberries, the volume of the crowd increased tenfold as they sang back “what’s in your head/in your head/zombie…” over and over, getting louder each time. Towards the end of the show, Hall took it back to the song that helped jump start his career, “Lime Tree.” As the opening chords to the song rang out, the crowd roared in applause and began singing along to Hall’s classic song.
Trevor Hall does more than perform music, he creates an experience for the audience during the hour and half that plays; he brings the crowd together with a message of unity, equality and openness.