Currently touring in support of his album White Noise, Noah Gunderson took the stage at Bowery Ballroom this past Thursday, February 8th, accompanied by former Underoath drummer Aaron Gillespie. Gillespie opened the show with a stunning cover of “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” His set was a mix of songs from his solo albums, covers by the likes of Joni Mitchell and Tom Petty, and stripped down versions of songs from his former band The Almost. On his last song, he was accompanied by Noah Gundersen (well, a massive cardboard cutout of his head).
Gundersen took the stage shortly after, starting with the first track on White Noise, “After All”. Gundersen’s falsetto echoing throughout the Bowery Ballroom was chilling to listen to while the whole crowd was singing along. He played a mix of songs from his discography, and the crowd reaction was equal for every song. Gundersen’s fans created a contagious energy throughout the room, and even as a solo performer he was able to match that energy in each song.
What stood out about both performers was their charisma, leaving the crowding erupting with laughter between emotionally driven ballads. Gillespie and Gundersen lit up the Bowery with powerful performances that left an emotional impact in a room full of strangers that felt more like a community than anything else.