Knox Hamilton @ Sam’s Burger Joint in San Antonio, TX
Review & Photography by: TJ Martinez
All summer long, Knox Hamilton has been on the Beach Boy Tour across North America. If you listen to Spotify’s alternative/indie playlists, then you’ve probably heard at least one of their popular songs like “Pretty Way to Fight” or “Washed Up Together” which are both off of their 2017 album The Heights.
The Alex Di Leo band opened up the San Antonio, Texas show for Knox on a perfectly stormy evening. The concert took place at a retro burger joint and music hall. To make the most of the experience, I grabbed a booth and a burger to enjoy the show. Between the sets, fans were either meeting the band while buying merchandise or making new friends. My favorite part of this show was the sense of unity floating around in the air. By the end of the night, fans had turned to friends.
Once Knox Hamilton took the stage, the next hour was pure bliss. Their lyrics are easy to catch on to so even if you‘re not familiar with their music, you can still scream along during their set and leave the show with a new tune stuck in your head. The whole band had phenomenal stage presence, especially drummer Cody Copeland. Before seeing them live, I’d never even heard “Mission Control” off of their newest EP. Nearly a week later, I’m still singing it daily. After they closed out their set, the Knox Hamilton members scattered themselves around the room to meet fans. Drew Buffington and Marcus Rutherford manned the merchandise table while other members stayed near the stage or on the floor with fans. Needless to say, after their killer show, we all wanted to meet them so the guys were kept busy after their set.
When I finally got the chance to gather all of them, we headed to their green room to do a quick portrait shoot. They were sweet and humble, excusing themselves for the mess around the room and helping me move things around for the photos. We quickly fell into an easy conversation about how life is going on tour, their plans for the remainder of the night and how I liked the show (very much, obviously). We avoided the awkward smiles for group photos when on my request to relax and loosen up for the camera, lead singer Boots Copeland cracked a corny joke that turned those staged smiles into candid ones. Following those photos, Carson Seelinger was the first up for individual portraits. Soon after, we said our good nights and I was on my way home happy listening to their entire discography while the boys were most likely headed toward the historic Alamo in downtown San Antonio. Keep up with Knox Hamilton on Instagram @knoxhamilton!