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Gallery: Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors Find Their People in Fairfield

Fairfield Theatre Company Presents: The Find Your People Tour April 11th, in Fairfield, Connecticut

Words and Photos by: Chantel Malin | @chantelmalin

The Americana band of brothers Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors are currently on the road for their Find Your People Tour, in celebration of their their most recent record Strangers No More as well as their new single "Find Your People." The title of the tour could not be more fitting; a band of five men clearly as close as family, alongside the equally beloved Donovan Woods as support, inside of a room packed full with devoted fans - it was clear Holcomb and his Neighbors had found their people inside of The Warehouse at their Fairfield, CT tour date.

Singer-songwriter Donovan Woods warmed up the crowd first. Though a one man show, his set was anything but lacking. With the quick wit and sense of humor his fans have come to know and love him for interspersing his hauntingly beautiful and heartfelt lyrics, it was easy to see how easily the audience connected to him. His setlist included the songs "Seeing Other People," "Clean Slate," "I'm Around," and "I Hope Your Change Your Mind."

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors took the stage next, launching straight into a solid 20-plus-song setlist packed with beloved songs, old and new. Singer Drew Holcomb, guitarist Nathan Dugger, and bassist Rich Brinsfield have been playing music together for the better part of two decades, and their deep love for each other was clear in the way the trio stayed perfectly tuned into each other for the performance. For part of the set, Holcomb played a handful of songs solo, including "American Beauty" and a cover of John Mayer's "Gravity" as part of an ongoing tradition to cover an artist hailing from each city of the tour.

In keeping with the neighborly theme, Holcomb made sure his audience felt included and appreciated; at one point, he stopped the show to figure out who had traveled the furthest to see the show; the answer was an individual from Miami, who was then gifted a free t shirt at the merch stand. He also took time to express his appreciation for the tiniest attendee of the show, a little girl named Lyla who was in attendance with her parents, and sent her home with a signed record. If that weren't enough audience interaction, Holcomb proceeded to sing a cover of Adele’s "When We Were Young" from atop a table in the center of the floor, truly surrounded by his fans. Later, the band invited their merch seller Jac Thompson, to the stage; a talented singer-songwriter in her own right, the audience was treated to a rendition of her song "Pull My Chute" backed by The Neighbors band. Lastly, Donovan Woods rejoined the stage to perform "For Some Reason" acoustic with Holcomb, a single the duo had written together and released only two days before the concert.

The rest of their setlist included songs new and old, such as "Fly," "On a Roll," and "Free (Not Afraid to Die)" off of Strangers No More, "End of the World" off of 2019's Dragons, and "What Would I Do Without You" from 2013's Good Light. The original trio of the band - Holcomb, Dugger, and Brinsfield - took some time for a "Deep Cuts" portion of the evening, playing favorites such as "Without a Light" and "Suffering," as well as the tour debut of "Ain't Nobody Got it Easy," keeping up their tradition of performing a new song every night of the tour. They closed out the evening with the song "Dance With Everybody," a fitting way to end an evening filled with love and reverence between strangers, friends, and family alike.

Check out the full gallery of Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors below!

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