Relient K, a band that’s been repeatedly giving us great music since 2000, gave a sweet and personal performance in Nashville this past weekend.
The night started out with Nashville’s own, Cardboard Kids, but unfortunately we were unable to catch the band due to traffic. Being a Nashville resident, I have had the chance to see Cardboard Kids before and they have never failed to deliver. They have always been a consistent live band and I am sure this show was just as consistent.
photo by Nolan Knight
I was able to catch the second band Run River North. Most of the time, it is hard for me to focus on a band whose music I haven’t heard, but this band was different. Run River North had me pulled in after their first song from the excitement the band had on stage to the technical instrumentals. They broke the norm and had different instruments such as a keyboardist and a violinist. I love seeing a band that gives a refreshing vibe by bringing something new to the table. Lead singer Alex Hwang’s vocals were enthusiastic and exciting. It’s cool to watch a band work their way up, especially considering they have played every venue at the Mercy Lounge. Their growth was easily measured and impressive. The energy shown by the LA based band blew me away and I became a fan instantly. Run River North definitely brought out the big guns and proved to be a worthy opening band.
Photo by Ambre Rogue
Rounding out the night were the headliners, Relient K. Their set list included songs spanning from the early 2000’s to newer Collapsible Lung songs and even four new songs that have not been released yet. Near the end of the set the band played multiple Christmas songs, which resulted in the crowd becoming a choir, a truly beautiful thing to hear. The show also featured Mark Lee Townsend, former guitar player for DC Talk and one of Relient K’s own producers, on guitar. Some of the members from Cardboard Kids also came out and joined in on a few songs.
Overall these three bands worked well together. If you’ve never seen the Cardboard Kids or Run River North they’re definitely up and comers, and if you’re interested in a fun time, absolutely make it out to a Relient K show soon.