Role Model at The Mercury Ballroom in Louisville, KY 18-MAY-22

Role Model shines for enthusiastic Louisville fans with THE BLSSM

Photos/review by Emily May

Singer/songwriter/former rapper Tucker Pillsbury, who goes by Role Model professionally, brought his current tour to Louisville, KY on May 18th.  The crowd of mostly young women, with a few guys sprinkled in, were visibly excited for the evening ahead, with one girl up front at the barricade with a sign to hold up during his set.  Starting out the evening was Sydney-born and LA-based gender non-binary artist THE BLSSM.  With a fun and energetic stage presence, their songs encapsulate their innermost thoughts including insecurity, gender dysphoria, mental health, and the expectations that come along with growing up, all topics that many people can relate to and identify with, especially young adults.  Engaging throughout their set with both the crowd and her bandmates, it was apparent that they were having a great time performing on stage and judging by the number of people singing along, the crowd was having a great time too!  Whether they were playing guitar and singing, or just singing, they bounced around the stage regardless with a smile of their face!  Ending their set with “Hardcore Happy”, they got the crowd warmed up and buzzing with energy!

Next up was Role Model.  To say the crowd was excited when he took the stage is an understatement! Before walking out on stage, a recording came on in which he stated the “show rules”- to be kind to each other and that everyone’s safety was his top priority. Spending the entirety of his set walking the length of the front of the stage and engaging with his fans, he and his fans had a noticeable and a mutual love and respect for each other.   Telling the crowd he was going to play some songs this evening from his new album Rx, which included “if jesus saves, she’s my type”, “die for my bitch”, “who hurt you”, and “neverletyougo”, he also performed some older songs too.  At one point in the set, he was having microphone trouble and had to kill some time, so he engaged in some light and comedic banter with the fans, to their delight.  Two fans threw bracelets on stage, which he put on his wrist, and there were a couple of moments when he took a fan’s cellphone and took a selfie of himself with it, at one point pretending he was going to keep one of the phones. He also, upon learning it was a fan’s birthday, led the crowd in singing happy birthday to them! He mentioned how crazy it was that he had been touring for 4-5 years now and never been to Louisville and didn’t know why, but that he liked it here and hoped to come back.  Whether he was leading them in a sing along, taking selfies on their phones, touching/shaking their hands, or towards the end of his set hopping off stage to stand at the barricade, he really loves his fans and it was obvious that the feeling is mutual!  Ending his set with “forever&more”, he left the crowd wanting more and hoping he comes back to Louisville soon!

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