The Gin Blossoms bring throwback tracks to The Paramount, plus Van Morrison and Johnny Cash covers

Throwback Thursday was in full effect when the Gin Blossoms played The Paramount in Huntington, NY. And they brought some local talent to entertain the crowd before they took the stage.

The night began with Westchester’s Drew Bordeaux, a singer/songwriter with a unique approach to acoustic music. Blending acoustic guitar with live loops and the electric violin, Drew was a one man show. With a mix of blues, pop and his self-proclaimed attempt to personify Ed Sheeran during a song, he was a delight to watch. He was especially proud to play “Rapunzel”, a song he finished on the car ride down to The Paramount.

Next up was Long Island’s own Ghost Pressure. Dubbed indie-rock, this 5 piece band consists of Lauren Diehlmann (vocals), Nick Post (guitar), David Hodgkinson (vocals/guitar), Nick Femister (vocals/bass), and Karina McMahon (drums). Their sound was infectious and unique, swaying back and forth from hard and heavy to soft and sincere. The mix of vocals and driving beats collaborate effortlessly. You can find their newest single “Tidal Shift” on Soundcloud.

But then it was time for the Gin Blossoms. Touring in support of the 25th anniversary of their album “New Miserable Experience”, the band formed out of Tempe, Arizona delighted the crowd for the next hour and a half. Members Robin Wilson (vocals), Jesse Valenzuela (guitar), Bill Leen (bass) and Scott Hessel (drums) all performed with every ounce of energy they had. Robin danced around the stage, sharing his tambourine with various audience members throughout the night.

Sporting a Stray Cats shirt, he spoke of being happy to be back on Long Island and sleeping in his own bed in Valley Stream. The crowd cheered his nod to our local Long Island pride. Opening with “Follow You Down”, the crowd of old and young sang along to every word, hit after hit. Mixing songs from “New Miserable Experience” and their follow up album “Congratulations… I’m Sorry” and a few newer songs, it was a Throwback Thursday indeed, and one that I’ll always remember.

Setlist:
1. Follow You Down
2. Miss Disarray
3. Don’t Change for Me
4. 29
5. Until I Fall Away
6. Angels Fly
7. Pieces of the Night
8. Lost Horizons
9. As Long As It Matters
10. Heaven
11. Allison Road
12. Don’t Let It Break My Heart (Be All Right)
13. Found Out About You
14. ‘Til I Hear It From You
15. Hey Jealousy

Encore:
16. Tupelo Honey (Van Morrison cover)
17. Hands Are Tied
18. Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash cover)

Ghost Pressure

Ghost Pressure

Ghost Pressure

Drew Bordeaux

Drew Bordeaux

Drew Bordeaux

Virginia Rose

Virginia Rose is a photographer based in New York. See her work at vrosephotography.com.

The Gin Blossoms bring throwback tracks to The Paramount, plus Van Morrison and Johnny Cash covers

Throwback Thursday was in full effect when the Gin Blossoms played The Paramount in Huntington, NY. And they brought some local talent to entertain the crowd before they took the stage.

The night began with Westchester’s Drew Bordeaux, a singer/songwriter with a unique approach to acoustic music. Blending acoustic guitar with live loops and the electric violin, Drew was a one man show. With a mix of blues, pop and his self-proclaimed attempt to personify Ed Sheeran during a song, he was a delight to watch. He was especially proud to play “Rapunzel”, a song he finished on the car ride down to The Paramount.

Next up was Long Island’s own Ghost Pressure. Dubbed indie-rock, this 5 piece band consists of Lauren Diehlmann (vocals), Nick Post (guitar), David Hodgkinson (vocals/guitar), Nick Femister (vocals/bass), and Karina McMahon (drums). Their sound was infectious and unique, swaying back and forth from hard and heavy to soft and sincere. The mix of vocals and driving beats collaborate effortlessly. You can find their newest single “Tidal Shift” on Soundcloud.

But then it was time for the Gin Blossoms. Touring in support of the 25th anniversary of their album “New Miserable Experience”, the band formed out of Tempe, Arizona delighted the crowd for the next hour and a half. Members Robin Wilson (vocals), Jesse Valenzuela (guitar), Bill Leen (bass) and Scott Hessel (drums) all performed with every ounce of energy they had. Robin danced around the stage, sharing his tambourine with various audience members throughout the night.

Sporting a Stray Cats shirt, he spoke of being happy to be back on Long Island and sleeping in his own bed in Valley Stream. The crowd cheered his nod to our local Long Island pride. Opening with “Follow You Down”, the crowd of old and young sang along to every word, hit after hit. Mixing songs from “New Miserable Experience” and their follow up album “Congratulations… I’m Sorry” and a few newer songs, it was a Throwback Thursday indeed, and one that I’ll always remember.

Setlist:
1. Follow You Down
2. Miss Disarray
3. Don’t Change for Me
4. 29
5. Until I Fall Away
6. Angels Fly
7. Pieces of the Night
8. Lost Horizons
9. As Long As It Matters
10. Heaven
11. Allison Road
12. Don’t Let It Break My Heart (Be All Right)
13. Found Out About You
14. ‘Til I Hear It From You
15. Hey Jealousy

Encore:
16. Tupelo Honey (Van Morrison cover)
17. Hands Are Tied
18. Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash cover)

Ghost Pressure

Ghost Pressure

Ghost Pressure

Drew Bordeaux

Drew Bordeaux

Drew Bordeaux

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