The Five 55 & Jesse McCartney @ The Lyric Theatre in Blacksburg, VA
Review & Photography by: Alexandra Schnell
On a Tuesday night, Jesse McCartney performed to 500 college students at The Lyric Theatre located just off the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, VA. This concert was a well-needed break from reality for the students, and I don’t think I have ever seen so many genuinely happy college students in one place before. The crowd was beyond excited for the show, and their energy could be felt throughout the entire venue.
The opener, the five 55, actually got their start in Virginia, two of the members even attended Virginia Tech. At one point in there set they even took the time to have the crowd take part in a popular Virginia Tech chant to help the crowd get warmed up. The band is currently working on producing more music but was sure to perform a mix of originals and covers for the crowd. Their covers were mashups of popular songs that went over extremely well with the crowd, not a single person was standing still. Overall, the band had a really strong stage presence and impressive sound and is definitely a band to look out for in the future.
When it was time for Jesse McCartney to come on stage, the crowd erupted with enthusiasm; most college students today grew up watching Jesse McCartney feature on TV shows such as The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and have been obsessed with him since, most not getting the opportunity to see him live until that night. Their dream of getting to see him perform live from when they were younger, was finally being met. Jesse performed a great mix of old songs that everyone grew up on, and his new songs that were released fairly recently. One thing prominent about his stage presence is that he knows how to interact with a crowd, frequently walking back and forth across the stage to be able to interact with everyone there. He even pulled one girl up on stage to serenade her during “The Stupid Things”, I’m sure this is an event that will forever be one of her favorite memories. After performing his set, the crowd instantly beckoned him back on stage, to which he asked: “Did I forget something?” Jesse then began to perform the song “Beautiful Soul”, the song the crowd had been waiting to hear live since they first discovered him. This concert was a night to remember for everyone present, and Jesse McCartney did not disappoint.