Show Review: I Don’t Know How But They Found Me and Joywave at The Ritz Ybor in Tampa, FL

The Welcome to Hellvetica tour featuring coheadliners I Don’t Know How But They Found Me (iDKHOW) and Joywave made its only Florida stop in the heart of Tampa to play at the Ritz Ybor.

Joywave continues to celebrate their latest album, Cleanse, which was released back in February of this year. The band wore matching car wash jumpsuit uniforms and their set design featured the back half of a Corvette facing a large screen, which took the crowd on a digital adventure throughout the performance. They connect so well with their audience and fully commit to the sense of playfulness they bring to the stage. After noting that their hit song “Dangerous” incorporated three bass parts, three band members donned basses to play the song in its full glory, which is definitely the most of a single instrument I’ve ever seen on stage at the same time.

iDKHOW gave their very excited crowd a touch of their unique “Razzmatazz” and made the large theater feel like a small gathering among friends. Drummer Ryan Seaman’s joyful energy could be felt from the back balcony and singer/bassist Dallon Weekes took every opportunity to jump offstage to be among the adoring fans in the pit.

The band sprinkled a few special features into their set, including a cover of Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven Is A Place On Earth.” They also brought out Joywave singer Daniel Armbruster for a remixed version of “Nobody Likes the Opening Band.” As a fan of Weekes’ former project, The Brobecks, I was most excited to hear the band revive the Brobecks tune, “A Letter,” which featured some lovely vocals from the crowd.

For their final song, they had the crowd take out their phones and scan a QR code that had been presented on the stage screens. This allowed the audience to “play” an instrument on their devices, fully immersing them in the performance. In an era where many artists are at odds with technology, iDKHOW demonstrated that embracing it can create incredibly unique experiences for fans.

The tour is heading into its final days, but definitely keep an eye out for future dates from these bands!

 

iDKHOW

Joywave

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