John Butler Trio makes a triumphant return to Louisville’s Iroquois Amphitheater with Trevor Hall.
With fresh faces in his band, the John Butler Trio visited Louisville, KY on August 9th for a show that was sure to have left the large crowd impressed. With a healthy mixture of songs from each album, there was something for every kind of fan in attendance, and enough material to fill a face-melting set that lasted over 2 hours.
The centerpiece of any John Butler Trio concert is always John Butler’s performance of “Ocean.” Over the 12 minute-long song, the full spectrum of emotion is on full display, from the delicate and quiet moments to the roaring, ruthless shredding that effectively punctuates the end of the song. “Ocean” is a song that has been constantly morphing and evolving, growing as John Butler grows, and each performance is more incredible than the last.
Aside from being blown away by the mastery of “Ocean”, the John Butler Trio gives fans endless opportunities to join in on the fun and participate in the performance. Whether it’s singing along to “Blame It On Me”, or dancing to “Better Than”, the night is full of memorable moments. The most impressive part of the John Butler Trio is the sense of closeness you get from him and the band. There’s a sense of genuine, heartfelt appreciation for the fans, and an appreciation for being able to share moments like this with others.
Opening the evening with an electric set of folk/reggae music was Trevor Hall. It’s not often that you see opening bands ending their set with everyone up on their feet, singing, dancing and thoroughly enjoying what was pouring from the stage but that was exactly the case as Trevor Hall was dazzling. Trevor proved to be a perfect complement to John Butler Trio and added to the overall concert-going experience in a major way tonight.