Folk rockers The Head and the Heart made their way to Portland, Maine’s Thompson’s Point to close out the venue’s concert season on a brisk Saturday evening, September 23rd. They were accompanied by Los Angeles rockers The Shelters, who got the night started for the couple thousand fans already in attendance. The four-piece were fun to take in and got folks moving and dancing early on.

After a bit of a break, The Head and the Heart emerged to put on a 90-minute performance that had fans swaying side to side and singing along en masse throughout the set. The band kicked things off with “Cats and Dogs” and “Coeur de’Alene,” before continuing with “City of Angels,” and “Ghosts.” While the entire band was well-received, there was a noticeable cheer from the audience every time violinist/vocalist/guitarist Charity Rose Thielen‘s voice rang out. It was easy to see why, her powerful soulful voice soars above the guitar melodies and drums with such feeling–it’s something you have to hear live to understand.

Their set would go on to span some 20 songs including their rendition of “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House. When it came time for the last song, Charity took a moment to dedicate the number to the late funk, soul and R&B legend Charles Bradley, who had passed away earlier that day. She told the audience a story of how they’d met Bradley at a folk festival in Canada, when the late singer was moved to tears by their song “Rivers and Roads.” And so, she dedicated that fan-favorite song to him, closing the night out on a somber yet powerful note. You can catch The Head and the Heart on tour with The Shelters until mid-October. The full list of dates are below!

Remaining Tour Dates:

10/04 – Alabama Theatre @ Birmingham, AL
10/05 – Coca Cola Roxy Theatre @ Atlanta, GA
10/06 – Zilker Park @ Austin, TX
10/08 – Austin City Limits @ Austin, TX
10/10 – Cain’s Ballroom @ Tulsa, OK
10/11 – Orpheum Theatre @ Memphis, TN
10/12 – The Pageant @ St. Louis, MO
10/13 – The Blue Note Outdoors @ Columbia, MO
10/15 – Austin City Limits @ Austin, TX


When he's not out in the woods, clomping around in streams, or looking at shiny rocks, you can find our U.S. Managing Editor and contributing photographer Nathan Katsiaficas in the photo pit, covering everything from heavy metal to punk, alternative, indie, and hip-hop.