We loved everything about Sammy Rae and the Friends’ stop in Pawtucket, RI. Covered in glitter and leading the crowd in an uproar with every song, this stop on their newest East Coast tour was absolutely brilliant. From Sammy’s vocals all the way to the crowd’s attentiveness, it held such a light into exactly who Sammy is and what her music represents.
Being completely sold out on a Thursday night, the venue felt back to normal with the compact space and laughter from friends who traveled near and far to the show. Starting out with an acapella version of ‘The Feeling,’ the crowd drew silent and Sammy’s voice echoed through The Met. She effortlessly guided us through the set list singing her introductions of the Friends. It was intimate, special, and there was nothing else to do but to be dazzled by how the group connected so well with each other on stage.
The Opening Band: Couch
Meanwhile, the opener, Couch, had the whole crowd in awe. Similar in set up to Sammy and her band, Couch is a nine person band from Boston. Their music left us in shock as their sound was infused by trumpets and other instruments like bass and piano. Ultimately, it was the love given back by the crowd that had made it easy to get lost in the overall excitement. Knowing the floor might give in by how much dancing there was, truly gave us an experience we never want to give up.
Back To The Friends
Getting back to the main act, the Friends take on a bigger expression of how much music in general can connect us to each other. Sammy invites her audiences to come as they are and dress how they want to. The band is referenced as the Friends since most are artists themselves. On their Spotify page, they summed this concept of community perfectly. Given this is the root of their project, it gave a deeper meaning on this Thursday, being gathered to hear songs we all have been impacted by.
Now, even though we weren’t surprised Sammy sold out The Met, we were surprised by how infused her gratefulness was, as she interacted with fans the whole night and we got to see her live it up. During ‘Denim Jacket,’ she had borrowed a fan’s jacket. Little did the crowd know that the fan had been following the band since Sammy and the Friends started their project back in their college days. The fan lit up and from the looks of it, Sammy recognized her too when she thanked her.
Overall, with both high energy songs on the set list and the slower songs, they covered a good amount of songs on their discography. There are no words of how amazing the energy in the room had been when they finished the encore with ‘Kick it to Me.’ It was as if time stood still and it was just the fans and the Friends… even if it was just for a few minutes. If you haven’t gotten to attend concerts lately, we recognize that concerts may be lot for some. But from the kindness their audience held to the interactive setlist, we highly encourage everyone to go see Sammy Rae and the Friends. You will not regret going one ounce.
- ‘The Feeling’ (Sammy Rae Solo)
- ‘Talk It Up’
- ‘Whatever We Feel’
- ‘Friend theme / Saw it Coming’
- ‘Denim Jacket’
- ‘Friend Theme / Living Room Floor’
- ‘Jackie Onassis’
- ‘Good Life’
- ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’ (Cover)
- ‘Follow Me Like the Moon’
- ‘Lets Throw A Party’
- ‘The Box’
- ‘Flesh and Bones’
- ‘Kick It To Me’
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