Gavin DeGraw and Colbie Caillat Bring Catchy Pop Rock to Pennsylvania
With summer just weeks away, Caillat's sun-kissed pop and DeGraw's radio-friendly hooks were met with a warm welcome from the Pennsylvania crowd. DeGraw, the night's second act (who followed an opening set from Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Andy Grammer) gave nods to early hits "I Don't Want To Be" and "Chariot," yet capped off his with some newer favorites. Caillat, a close friend of DeGraw's, closed out the evening with a breezy set of her trademark summertime pop, punctuated by some unexpected confessionals.
Following a performance of "Never Told You," the 27-year old singer-songwriter took a break from her set to bring on a pair of close friends, who shared an embarrassing story from their past: being chased "Mission Impossible"-style through a Maui hotel after being caught skinny-dipping in its pool.
Though Caillat's set was not nearly as scandalous, it delivered with upbeat, colorful adaptations of her songs. Highlights included her self-admitted favorite song to sing, "I Never Told You," and the cheery pop number "Fallin' For You." The dance-friendly feel of "Brighter Than the Sun" provided an up tempo lift towards the end of her show.
Gavin DeGraw took time to get nostalgic during his set, reflecting on the era in which he first broke onto the Billboard charts in 2003: "I just moved to New York and pounded the pavement hard to make a living. I was trying to figure out if I could do what I wanted." Later, he recounted being thrilled to obtain a van for his first tour, opening for Jason Mraz and Maroon 5.
Debut single "I Don't Want To Be" remains a high point in DeGraw's set, though it was far from his only highlight. Switching between guitar, piano, and a mere microphone, the "Dancing With the Stars" contestant proved a versatile showman, rocking out hits like "Soldier" and "Not Over You." Still, DeGraw proved he hadn't forgotten his early years. Late in the set, he delivered the acoustic rendition of "Follow Through," a cut from "Chariot - Stripped," the 2004 acoustic reworking of his debut album.
Recent releases from both artists are currently making an impact on the charts. Caillat's smash hit hangs at No. 3 on the Adult Contemporary Songs chart, while DeGraw's "Not Over You" sits at No. 11 on the Adult Contemporary Songs chart and "Sweeter" sits at No. 20 on Adult Pop Songs.
The co-headlining tour extends throughout the summer before finally concluding Aug. 31 at Oregon's Cuthbert Amphitheater. Full details are available here.
Review by Chris Payne.