Jon Bellion Sells Out Knitting Factory
"It pains me to say this, but you're safe here tonight."
"It PAINS me, to say this, but you're safe here, tonight."
That's how Jon Bellion took the stage in front of a sold out crowd last night downtown at the Boise Knitting Factory. A venue that holds 1,000 people was jam packed to see Jon Bellion preform his Human Condition album live and THAT was his opening statement. It was a powerful statement that followed 30 seconds of silence, observed out of respect for the incident in Las Vegas just this week.
In a room that had been so loud awaiting Bellion to take stage and one that got even louder as the lights dimmed-- 1,000 people were silent. You could have heard a pen drop. It was ironic that the quietest room I've ever been in, may have been the Knit last night, surrounded by 999 other music fans. It was a moving moment that I'll never forget. Not only did Jon Bellion rock the stage the way he knows best-- in an overly energetic manor, but he made a point several times to say-- WE are the change that we need and I would argue, most WANT to see in the world. Not policy or presidents, but rather it starts with us.
If you know me, you know that I am a pretty political person. I keep my thoughts off of the air because I believe we're all entitled to our respective beliefs and those should be respected. However, what Jon Bellion was able to do in captivating a crowd was pretty unreal. His words got me thinking...thousands were effected by the shooting in Las Vegas and here we were, another group of vulnerable people EXPECTING to be safe and enjoy a concert. All it would take is ONE person to ruin that.
We lost Tom Petty on Monday, one of my favorite artists of all time. I felt last night that a quote of his was spot on..
"Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There's not some trick involved with it. It's pure and it's real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things"
Indeed. Even among differences in politics, culture, religion, and more. A group of people gathered at a concert on opposite sides of the room, are singing along to the same songs. Jon Bellion, to a sold out crowd, proved that music is one of the strongest things to bring people together and I'm thankful to have been at the show.