Hazel English brings grace and charisma to Philadelphia’s Boot and Saddle (with Suburban Living)

This past Tuesday was Hazel English’s first time in Philadelphia. The California native is currently touring North America in support of her EP Just Give In/Never Going Home and made a stop at Boot and Saddle, a quirky and small venue in South Philly on the final leg of tour.

Local band Suburban Living kicked off the night, with alternative rock songs which dared you not to love them. The band’s onstage energy is magnetic, and the intensity of the sound grew after each song.

English took the stage punctually at 10 am. Her brand of soft indie pop-rock had the crowd singing along from the moment she played the first chord. She looked picture perfect, almost from another time, as she played her guitar and sang throughout the night.

Hazel English

Hazel English

A standout moment from the show was English’s cover of a Carole King song which had her put down the guitar and sing and dance onstage. She graciously swayed and snapped her fingers, a moment which had everyone around smiling. English interlaced her songs with moments where she addressed the crowd. “We had cheesesteaks today! I felt like I had to since I was here, so we found a vegan cheesesteak place” was one of the anecdotes she told.

By the time her last song, the hit “Never Going Home”, was over, no one could believe time had passed so quickly. The crowd was so enthused with Hazel that the applause only became louder, persuading her to play another song – “I was hoping you’d ask for another one” she said as she smiled and started to play the romantic “That Thing”.

A line formed as soon as she hopped offstage and took her position behind the merch booth. Lines like “I’ve been waiting for this show forever” and “When she announced this tour, I knew I’d drive to wherever I had to to see her” were not uncommon. She greeted every single person who spoke to her with a huge smile, talking to each fan like they were olds friends.

For an artist who still hasn’t released a debut album, English has amassed quite the dedicated following. After seeing her live, you understand exactly why that is – her songs are infused with honesty and bright melodies, a treat for your ears, while English is delivers it all with an ease and charm that make you want to befriend her instantly.

Hazel English is the equivalent of a sunset-lit stroll down your favourite avenue or a cozy and late Sunday morning – heartwarming, familiar, and comfortable. These moments don’t come along very often, but when they do, they’re cherished you never want to let them go. So, just give in to Hazel English and you’ll find yourself relishing in the warmth of her glow, taking everything in, and making a new friend.

Hazel English

Hazel English

Hazel English

Hazel English

Hazel English

Hazel English

Suburban Living

Suburban Living

Suburban Living

Nicole Almeida

Nicole Almeida is a music photographer and writer in Philadelphia, PA. See more of her work at nicolecalmeida.com and instagram.com/nicolecalmeida.

Hazel English brings grace and charisma to Philadelphia’s Boot and Saddle (with Suburban Living)

This past Tuesday was Hazel English’s first time in Philadelphia. The California native is currently touring North America in support of her EP Just Give In/Never Going Home and made a stop at Boot and Saddle, a quirky and small venue in South Philly on the final leg of tour.

Local band Suburban Living kicked off the night, with alternative rock songs which dared you not to love them. The band’s onstage energy is magnetic, and the intensity of the sound grew after each song.

English took the stage punctually at 10 am. Her brand of soft indie pop-rock had the crowd singing along from the moment she played the first chord. She looked picture perfect, almost from another time, as she played her guitar and sang throughout the night.

Hazel English

Hazel English

A standout moment from the show was English’s cover of a Carole King song which had her put down the guitar and sing and dance onstage. She graciously swayed and snapped her fingers, a moment which had everyone around smiling. English interlaced her songs with moments where she addressed the crowd. “We had cheesesteaks today! I felt like I had to since I was here, so we found a vegan cheesesteak place” was one of the anecdotes she told.

By the time her last song, the hit “Never Going Home”, was over, no one could believe time had passed so quickly. The crowd was so enthused with Hazel that the applause only became louder, persuading her to play another song – “I was hoping you’d ask for another one” she said as she smiled and started to play the romantic “That Thing”.

A line formed as soon as she hopped offstage and took her position behind the merch booth. Lines like “I’ve been waiting for this show forever” and “When she announced this tour, I knew I’d drive to wherever I had to to see her” were not uncommon. She greeted every single person who spoke to her with a huge smile, talking to each fan like they were olds friends.

For an artist who still hasn’t released a debut album, English has amassed quite the dedicated following. After seeing her live, you understand exactly why that is – her songs are infused with honesty and bright melodies, a treat for your ears, while English is delivers it all with an ease and charm that make you want to befriend her instantly.

Hazel English is the equivalent of a sunset-lit stroll down your favourite avenue or a cozy and late Sunday morning – heartwarming, familiar, and comfortable. These moments don’t come along very often, but when they do, they’re cherished you never want to let them go. So, just give in to Hazel English and you’ll find yourself relishing in the warmth of her glow, taking everything in, and making a new friend.

Hazel English

Hazel English

Hazel English

Hazel English

Hazel English

Hazel English

Suburban Living

Suburban Living

Suburban Living

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