Sam Smith Plays Seattle

By:  Brooke Wayman & Mckenna Culbertson



British breakout Pop/R&B singer Sam Smith has made his way to Seattle’s Paramount Theater promoting his In The Lonely Hour album. Smith has become an overnight success with his #1 hit Stay With Me and is currently wrapping up a sixteen show sold out North American tour and will be heading back to Europe for a long list of already sold out tour dates.  We sent a college team on a five hour drive to watch Smith perform and boy was it worth it.

Seattle’s Historic Paramount  theater was the venue for the show and the opening act was the Broods.

The sold out crowd cued up for blocks and was assisted by dozens of security guards to ensure everyone entered orderly and safely into the venue in the heart of downtown Seattle.  The paramount theater is a gorgeous old theater with beautifully architected ceilings that only enhanced the performance. While the Paramount does host live Broadway style shows and offers floor seating, for concerts those seats magically fold into the floor creating a large general admission or “GA” area for concert goers.  There was a full bar and a merch booth provides just outside of the main viewing area as well.

Although the set was short, Broods were a phenomenal opening act for Smith’s overly excited crowd.  When the Broods, siblings Caleb and Georgia Not, first started, the majority of the audience was unsure of how to react. They quickly won the crowd over with their New Zealand Indie/Pop style.  Georgia, full of energy, smooth dance moves, and strong vocals, rocked the stage as her brother, Caleb, showed off his many talents.  As they peaked in their performance, they announced on stage that their debut album Evergreen was going to be released in two weeks.

After a killer opening act, the crowd finally got what they had been waiting for. Sam Smith came onto stage with apparent ease and happiness of his face, as many smiles and laughs were shared with the crowd. He kicked off his set with a beautiful performance of his hit  Nirvana.   Accompanied by his diverse and groovy band, many hip thrusts and dance moves were incorporated into the act that made the overall experience one of a kind.  His radio singles Latch and La La La were also huge hits with the crowd.  Smith obviously felt deeply connected with his songs as he sang in front of hundreds of swooning fans under spotlight, but I must say that he didn’t get as emotional as I had expected him to.  As the night came to an end, Sam shared his song Stay With Me with his devoted fans that sang along verbatim, filling The Paramount with a sense of unity.

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