Every time I’ve seen Walk the Moon, they’ve given nothing short of an electric performance. As I made my way to Brooklyn Steel for the NYC date of the “Dream Plane Tour,” I knew seeing them now would be a much-needed breath of fresh air.
As Walk the Moon took the stage, the opening notes to “Portugal” off of 2014’s Talking Is Hard reverberated through the venue. When vocalist Nicholas Petricca sang, “Take me with you / ‘Cause even on your own / You are not alone,” it felt like he was singing directly to every fan in the room, many of whom were attending their first post-covid concert after a year and a half of lockdowns and quarantines. The band continued the set with more songs off of the same album, going into “Avalanche” and then “Different Colors,” before diving into some new material.
“Giants,” one of their new tracks, is a fast-paced summer bop that quickly got the crowd moving, setting the tone for what was to come. By the time their 2017 single, “One Foot,” started, the room was in an uproar due to all the anticipation. I think quite literally everyone in the 1,800-cap venue was singing along, and most, if not all, were jumping and dancing, full of joy.
While the setlist consisted of plenty of songs from 2014 and 2017, the band went as far back as 2010’s “I Want! I Want!” as they performed “Quesadilla,” and the hit, “Anna Sun.” In a surprising turn of events, Walk the Moon gave Brooklyn the live debut of another recent single, “DNA (The Keys),” and also treated long-time fans to a rare performance of “Drunk in the Woods.”
This night cemented the fact that Walk the Moon is a fantastic live band, especially if you need a pick-me-up, but even if you don’t. The energy they exude is infectious, and all of their songs are guaranteed to get you moving in one way or another — whether it be a head bop, a foot tap, or full-on dancing, arms flailing, with a drink in hand. In just an hour and a half, Walk the Moon provided a respite from reality with a night of carefree laughing, singing, and dancing in a testament to how powerful live music can be.
Walk the Moon Tour Dates:
Oct 15, 2021 – The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
Oct 16, 2021 – The Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, CA
Oct 18, 2021 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
Oct 19, 2021 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
Oct 22, 2021 – The Rockwell at The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 23, 2021 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
Oct 25, 2021 – The Truman – Kansas City, MO
Oct 26, 2021 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
Oct 27, 2021 – The Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
Oct 29, 2021 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
Oct 30, 2021 – Roxian Theatre – McKees Rocks, PA
Nov 2, 2021 – The Pageant – St Louis, MO
Nov 3, 2021 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
Nov 5, 2021 – The Jones Assembly – Oklahoma City, OK
Nov 6, 2021 – South Side Music Hall – Dallas, TX
Nov 7, 2021 – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater – Austin, TX
Nov 10, 2021 – Soma – San Diego, CA
Nov 11, 2021 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA