Noah Kahan at Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville, TN

Noah Kahan @ Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville | Photo by Gary Johnson

Singer-songwriter Noah Kahan continues touring for his second studio album I Am/I Was at the Brooklyn Bowl’s newest location.

All the way from Perth, Australia, artist Blake Rose opened the night. The almost full room let out a loud cheer as Rose and his band walked on stage. He began his set with upbeat songs “Rollerblades” and “Lady.” He followed with “Gone,” his second most-streamed song on Spotify and the crowd sang every word. His strong vocals compliment his intimate lyrics and ambient chords.

After they play “Ordinary People,” Rose’s third most popular song on Spotify, he introduces his band, Levi Matulis on drums and Chris Diaz on electric guitar and keyboard. Blake really goes in for the next couple songs playing bass guitar for “Casanova,” and joins Matulis with his own drum during the bridge of “Heavy Sh**.”

Rose ended his set with fan-favorite, “Lost.” Built on catchy lyrics, electric chords, and a four on the floor drumbeat, the song echoed through the entire room as everyone in the audience sang along.

Touring for his second full-length album, Noah Kahan had one of the most unique set designs you’ll ever see. He opened with an acoustic snippet of “A Troubled Mind,” from his recent EP Cape Elizabeth. He continued his set with some fan favorites, including “Self Confidence,” one of his most popular songs.

After playing “Hollow,” Kahan jokingly admits that he hates playing shows in Nashville because everyone knows what he’s doing wrong and follows with, “Let’s pretend I’m crushing it.” After the crowd settled down from laughter, he introduced Joy Oladokun to the stage and performed “Someone Like You.” The four-man band continued the set with the unreleased song “New Perspective” and the whole crowd listened intently. Afterward, Noah explained how they recorded Cape Elizabeth in one week not too long after the initial spike in Covid cases around the country. He followed with “Glue Myself Shut” and the second unreleased song “Stick Season.” A few songs later, Kahan teaches the audience a background vocal line, which they perfected on the second try. He proceeded to play “Bad Luck,” and you could tell you were in Nashville when you could hear people in the audience singing harmonies whenever their part came up in the song.

The set ended with “Mess,” another fan favorite and the crowd was so excited to sing along. After the band left the stage, the entire building was filled with fans asking for “one more song.” To their pleasant surprise, they got three. Kahan returned to the stage and played hit single, “Hurt Somebody” and Cape Elizabeth track “Anyway.” Before he played the last song, he explained how he got a record deal at 17 years old and thought he’d be “blacking out with Nicki Minaj” and “partying with the Jonas Brothers.” Instead, he felt like he was “ripping off Ed Sheeran.” And in the spirit of remembering, he closed the night with his first single “Young Blood,” to which the entire venue sang along at the top of their lungs.

Noah Kahan continues his I Am/I Was Tour through the middle of December. Be sure to buy your ticket before they sell out! 

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Gary is a portrait and music photographer based in Nashville, TN. His love for music began at an early age, so much so that he got his degree in Music Business. But along the way, he fell in love with photography–capturing the intimate moments in our lives.