Public & The Driver Era @ Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA
Review & photography by Emma Silverstone
The Driver Era stopped in Philadelphia on March 16, playing to a packed Union Transfer. The crowd of the sold-out show welcomed them with open arms, and a night of energy followed.
Cincinnati-based Public opened the show, providing the perfect energy to warm up the crowd. Fans eagerly sang along, adding to the happy atmosphere of the room. The guys always came to the edge of the stage to interact with the people in the audience. Included in their set was a cover of Britney Spears’s “Toxic.” Smiles were on their faces throughout the whole set, as they were ecstatic to be performing for such a warm crowd.
From the moment they walked onstage to Queen, The Driver Era had the audience captivated. Lead singer Ross Lynch has the stage presence that could make anyone want to stay and watch. The band consists of siblings Ross and Rocky, as well as Riker, Rydell, and family friend Ellington. The group gets along only in a way that siblings could, which is shown through the way they interact onstage.
The band performed a mix of original songs, as well as covers of INXS’s “Never Tear Us Apart” and Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” They also did some songs from their old project, R5. Other songs in the set included “Afterglow” and “Preacher Man.” During one of their cover songs, Ross tossed the mic down to a member of the audience to rap.
Catch The Driver Era on the rest of their North America tour. For dates and ticket information, head to thedriverera.com. Follow Public on Twitter and Instagram (@publictheband), and follow The Driver Era (@thedriverera).