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Gavin DeGraw - The Paramount, Long Island

It was two years ago (almost to the day) since Gavin last played The Paramount and he was long overdue for another appearance.  Just coming off a tour with Andy Grammer, I don't think he could've timed it any better.  

Gavin is such a down-to-earth guy and is truly humbled by the support of his fans.  

His performance always proves it and last night was no different.  From the second he stepped on stage, you saw the emotion in his face and heard it in his voice as he sang to the hundreds (yet seemed like thousands) of screaming fans.

Gavin started the night with "Chariot" and had everyone dancing and moving immediately.  

He continued with other hits like "Best I Ever Had" and "Sweeter", before singing a variation of "Follow Through" - one that's definitely starting to grow on me.

Things slowed down a little while he serenaded the crowd from behind the piano with "Spell It Out" and "Maybe I'm Amazed".  But then quickly got things moving again with "I'm in Love With a Girl".

Gavin is accompanied on stage by 4 very talented musicians.  Billy Norris on guitar, James Cruz on bass, David Maemone on keyboards and Mike Baker on drums.

My favorite part of the night was when these guys stepped away from their usual spots and joined Gavin at the front of the stage.  Sitting on bar stools, they performed an acoustic rendition of James Bay's "Let It Go" and "Soldier", but not before Gavin thanked those in the audience who had served our country for "doing the hard things".

The night continued with old and new songs and a few sing-alongs.  

I've been to the Paramount many times and I've never heard it as loud as it was last night.   A good time was had by all and the smile on Gavin's face was priceless.

He really put his heart and soul into each and every lyric.  That's the definition of a true artist!


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