Just a few days after The Head and the Heart appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with a special acoustic collaboration of “Rivers and Roads,” the band brought its magic to Queens’ Forest Hills Stadium for Alt 92.3’s Inaugural Summer Open concert series. The Head and the Heart headlined the second day of the event ahead of Young the Giant, Fitz & the Tantrums, Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional and Smith & Thell. Day one included The Lumineers, The Revivalists, Sharon Van Etten, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Matt Maeson — clearly a star-studded lineup.
The indie-folk group is made up of Jonathan Russell (vocals, guitar, percussion), Charity Rose Thielen (violin, guitar, vocals), Chris Zasche (bass), Kenny Hensley (piano) and Tyler Williams (drums). Alt 92.3’s Inaugural Summer Open was one of their first performances since the release of the group’s brand new album, Living Mirage. The indie-folk band’s tour continues this summer and fall, and you can check out their full list of dates on the band website.
The Head and the Heart took the stage just as the sun set behind the stadium after a gorgeous day. The crowd sported sundresses and shorts, with sunglasses and Aperol Spritz’s in hand. “Happy second day of summer, y’all!” announced the band after the show opened with the hit song “All We Ever Knew.” The band followed with “Lost in My Mind” and the newest single “Missed Connection.”
During “Let’s Be Still,” the band requested the crowd turn on phone flashlights and light up the entire stadium: “Let’s get as many people with the flashlights going — some lightning bugs — come on, it’s a summer night.” The song took an emotional turn as a highlight of the show. During “Living Mirage” I walked to the back of the venue and witnessed hundreds of people dancing together like at a wedding. The Head and the Heart’s energy on stage was contagious even on the outskirts of the stadium. Before closing the show with an unforgettable, raw performance of “Rivers and Roads” (no really, I had chills the entire time), the audience sang “Happy Birthday” to Zasche.
The Head and the Heart really know how to bring tears to listeners’ eyes. The group’s stage production was a sight to see with pastel-colored visuals and bright yellow, blue and purple smoke machines.
See The Head and the Heart’s full setlist below and check out Living Mirage on all streaming platforms.
1. All We Ever Knew
2. Lost in My Mind
3. Missed Connection
5. Another Story
6. Let’s Be Still
7. Rhythm & Blues
9. Sounds Like Hallelujah
10. Down in the Valley
11. Living Mirage
12. See You Through My Eyes
14. Rivers and Roads
You can also check out the performance with Jimmy Fallon here:
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