Fiction Family performed at the Chicago Music Exchange a few days go – check out this stellar performance of “Avalon”!:
Fiction Family is still on the TWLOHA Heavy and Light tour, and we’ve got updates from the recent shows for you, as well as some goods from a few previews concerts!
Here’s a special Valentine’s Day performance of “Your Love Is Strong” in Philly – with a special appearance by Kanene Pipkin of The Lone Bellow:
The guys played in NYC and David, the winner of our ticket giveaway, sent us some photos from the show:
Our friend Bryan sent us more video! Let’s start with We Ride:
Next, check out Jon joining Noah Gunderson in New Orleans for a special performance of “Dying Now” (Thanks Paul!):
Here’s a review by Josh Harper from the show in Nashville:
The Heavy and Light tour was a really different experience from what I’m used to. The different artists were all unique. The spoken poet started the show and it was pretty cool way to begin. Noah Gunderson was next with his sister Abby and they were great performers, but had some pretty dark/explicit lyrics. Now Now then came out, followed by Bryce Avary. The spoken poet came back out and also used some pretty explicit lyrics (f bombs). Aaron Gillespie was good as well. I think the head of TWLOHA then gave his testimony and it was really powerful. So after 2 hours, Jon Foreman and Fiction Family finally came out.Jon opened with Behind Your Eyes and went from there to an completely unplugged version of Dare You To Move. Everyone in the room sang and it was pretty great. Fiction Family then came out and played When She’s Near. At some point in the night, Sean’s guitar got messed up and Ethan Luck was having to run back and forth from the stage to get it fixed. They played a couple of Fiction Family/Jon Foreman songs. The emphasis was really on Jon so it didn’t really feel like a real Fiction Family show except for the family members all being there for a few songs. It was still great to hear them all of course, I just think a real headlining tour would’ve seen a more complete show. Jon’s sister Sarah Mason also made an appearance and performed Deep In Your Eyes, which Jon said he’d never performed live. It was a great rendition. She also sang Your Love Is Strong with him. They closed the show with an encore of Up Against The Wall and Heart of Gold by Neil Young with everyone on stage. Overall it was a great night!Setlist:Behind Your EyesDare You To MoveWhen She’s NearJust Rob MeDamagedResurrect MeDeep In Your Eyes (w/Sarah Mason)Your Love is Strong (w/Sarah Mason)Give Me Back My GirlAvalonEncore: with all the artistsUp Against The Wall
Heart of Gold (Neil Young cover)
The Huffington Post posted an article about the concert in LA – read the full article HERE!:
The headliners of the tour, Fiction Family, featuring Jon Foreman of Switchfoot and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek, made Heavy and Light part of their album release tour.
Jon being the first to agree to Heavy and Light, was also the first musician to get behind To Write Love as he began wearing their t-shirts on stage several years back.
“I hear these amazing stories. There was a girl after the show who was bi-polar and had been struggling with depression. Music, specifically a couple of my songs, and To Write Love’s website was one of the things she attributed to getting through it,” Jon shared about a recent encounter.
“These stories give meaning and purpose to what we do here. You say you want to leave the city a better place and plug people into the ways to help, but a lot of times it’s really tricky to figure out a good organization that we can direct people to. To Write Love On Her Arms has really done their homework in providing people resources so it’s not just a one night encounter.”
I’ve met Jon at least a half a dozen times now, and every now and again he nails the sentiment of an event like this so perfectly.
“We all have our boxes that we put ourselves in, and songs can loosen those chains and break the boundaries to recognize that we’re all in this together. This tour is about figuring out how to live life better. I’m excited to be here.”
The common themes I recognized from these interviews were words like open, honest and safe. It seemed for every artist TWLOHA had personal meaning.
The tour is on it’s second to last show tonight in Atlanta! We’ll be sad to see it come to an end. If anyone is going to the final shows, and you’d like to share updates with us, click HERE!