My Love Language is Music


The band The Backseat Lovers performing at The Truman in Kansas City, Missouri on February 14, 2022.

   Concerts bring excitement, thrill, and memories that last a lifetime. There’s something about them that causes an immense amount of joy to spread from the top of your head to the bottom of your toes.     

 I have experienced three different concerts and have several more for this year. My first was Billie Eilish in June of 2019, then I saw Harry Styles in September of 2021. COVID-19 caused many artists to post-pone their tours, so this year I have even more planned than expected.

   The most recent show that I went to was The Backseat Lovers during their Turning Point Tour on February 14, 2022. Their music genre is indie-rock with a hint of pop. I was given the concert tickets as a Christmas present by my grandparents. 

   The Backseat Lovers have a whopping four million monthly listeners on Spotify. The band consists of four members; Jonas Swanson the guitarist and backup vocalist, Joshua Harmon the guitarist and main vocalist, KJ Ward the bassist, and Juice Welch the drummer. 

   The concert was located in Kansas City, Missouri at The Truman Event Center. It started at eight pm and ended close to eleven o’clock.

   I arrived at the venue shortly after seven and only had to wait roughly twenty minutes before the doors opened. The tickets were general admission, which meant there were no assigned or reserved seats. It worked on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

  I was very lucky and ended up getting close to the stage. As I counted down the minutes till the opening act performed, I felt the excitement jitters creeping up on me. As soon as the main lights went dark and the bright stage lights turned on, I started to scream with joy.

   The opening act was an underground band called Over Under. They have around ten-thousand monthly listeners on Spotify and have published four songs. The band is currently in the process of releasing new music in the upcoming year.

   Their music genre consists of indie-rock and pop-rock. I didn’t know any of their songs but still had a fun time enjoying their music. They had a great stage presence and did a fantastic job of hyping up the crowd before The Backseat Lovers came on stage.

   When Over Under left the stage, the crowd cheered, applauded, and showed appreciation of their performance. There was a short gap between the two bands so they could prepare the stage for the main show.

   While in that wait gap, somebody managed to sneak a small succulent in a terracotta pot into the venue. They would hold up the succulent and the crowd would whoop and holler in excitement. 

  They did this multiple times before The Backseat Lovers came on stage. It was a fun experiment to see how people would react to something so simple and seemingly out of place.

   When the venue got dark, the blue and purple spotlights turned on, and the fog machines started, I knew the show was about to begin. I clapped and cheered as the four members entered from the left and right sides of the stage. They immediately started playing their hit song Kilby Girl from their 2019 album When We Were Friends.

   The fans and I started screaming the lyrics and dancing like there was no tomorrow. I pulled out my phone and took some pictures and videos so I could look back at them in the future. It felt surreal being in the same room as Joshua, KJ, Jonas, and Juice.

   Each member put their entire heart and soul into their performance. I could physically see the sweat dripping from their foreheads as they played like it was their last show ever. They were also dancing around and jumping with the crowd from the stage.

   After almost every song, Joshua would thank the crowd and check-in to see how we were doing. The bright and gleaming smiles on their faces could be seen all the way to the back of the venue. The band’s hard work was not diminished but was enjoyed by the large crowd of people that night including me.

   As the night was dwindling down, the concert was coming to an end. The band wrapped up their performance and walked off stage. The crowd and I started chanting, “One more song!” over and over until they returned for an encore.

   For their encore, they performed Sinking Ships. The crowd went wild and sang along like it was permanently engraved in their brains. Once the song was over, The Backseat Lovers said their final goodbyes and exited the stage for the final time.

   This was a very memorable and special night for me. The fans that I was around were so sweet and fun to hang out with. Everyone that was in that venue had a blast.

   If you are looking for a night full of fun, I highly recommend seeing The Backseat Lovers. They will blow your socks off and leave you wanting more.