Words by Bethany Polson
On October 18th, 2014, I had the opportunity to go to the Honda Civic tour in Houston, Texas! This year Honda pulled a lot of strings and had American Authors, Echosmith, and The Mowgli’s (sometimes substituting Echosmith for Oh, Honey!) This trio pulled a big crowd to one of the smaller and newer venues in Houston. The Saturday crowds usually are bigger, just out of convenience; there were about a thousand people there. Listening to the conversation around me, I realized a lot of the crowd came for individual bands and quite a few fans left after the Mowglis and Echosmith finished their sets.
Echosmith was the first to hit the stage; these cool kids played a relatively short set of about six songs fresh off their first long play out earlier this year. Echosmith has been popular in the alternative circuits but also some pop outlets. “Cool Kids” has been stuck in my head for a couple months now and that’s what they closed with. The crowd was amped for their entire set because this young band gives off nothing but happy vibes, but, when those first couple notes played the energy was almost electric. The crowd knew all the words to this very relatable song about wanting to fit in and demonstrated how this is just another way music connects people on infinite levels.
Next, we have The Mowgli’s! This band is no small family; they took up almost the entire stage with their large variety of instruments and members. One of the best things about live music is their ability to portray their passion with the crowd and to share in the moment; this was the best part of The Mowgli’s set in my opinion. Even though this was more than halfway through the tour, everyone on stage seemed like they wanted to be there, preforming for YOU. The band closed with “San Francisco” and it was clear that this was the song everyone had been waiting for all because videos were taken during this song.
Last but definitely not least, American Authors came out with a bang! Their stage production was impressive from the very start. There were projections on the back of the stage with lyrics and graphics, throughout the show. These guys don’t play around because they ended up playing almost their entire album, plus a Coldplay cover of “Yellow” and Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me.” Lead vocalist, Zac Barnett, felt too far from the crowd and ended up standing on the barricade several times. Zac even came into the crowd a couple times, which, as you can imagine, the crowd loved. We were treated to some acoustic performances towards the end, without microphones or amps, though the crowd was almost too antsy to enjoy it. Overall, this was an awesome show and a great unwind from a long week! If you have the opportunity to see any of these bands in the future, I’d recommend it!