LIVE: Vance Joy and Elle King

San Diego got caught in Vance Joy's riptide during his sold-out Balboa Theatre show on Feb. 29 -- with indie-rock superstar Elle King and Jamie Lawson opening.

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Vance Joy, Elle King and Jamie Lawson performed at Balboa Theatre on Feb. 29, 2016.
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Elle King's been in radio-wave-takeover mode with her massive single, "Ex's & Oh's."
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The intimate show was completely sold out.
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Singer/songwriter (and first artist to be signed to Ed Sheeran's label, Gingerbread Man Records) Jamie Lawson opened the show.
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Vance Joy originally hails from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and started playing guitar in 2001.
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His full name is actually James Gabriel Keogh. Vance Joy kinda has better ring to it though, eh?
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Joy signed a five-album record deal with Atlantic Records in 2013.
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His debut EP, “God Loves You When You’re Dancing,” was released in March of 2013.
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Yes, you may have heard him on the radio: His song “Riptide” has been a massive success.
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It was voted No. 1 on the 2013 Triple J Hottest 100 chart and reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative and Rock Airplay charts.
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Joy released his debut studio album, “Dream Your Life Away,” on Sept. 9, 2014, with another hit single, “Mess Is Mine.”
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He went on to win the 2015 ARIA Music Award for Best Male Artist.
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Little known fact: Prior to his music career, Joy was an on-the-rise Australian rules football player for the Coburg Football Call in the Victorian Football League.
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According to an interview with Brand Alley blog, “Riptide” was inspired by a motel Joy visited as a kid: “As a child, I used to go on family holidays down the coast of Australia. While we were there, we would stay at this motel called Riptide.”
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Surely adding to his stateside popularity, Joy opened Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour for all of her North American, UK and Australia dates.
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His Feb. 29 Balboa Theatre set list included: “Mess Is Mine,” “Red Eye,” “Winds of Change,” “Wasted Time,” “From Afar,” “Best That I Can,” “My Kind of Man,” “Fire and the Flood” and of course “Riptide,” among others.
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Elle King was the night’s main support and could’ve easily headlined her own show.
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Born Tanner Elle Schneider in LA, she is the daughter of comedian Rob Schneider and former model London King.
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Her music is a mix of country, soul, rock and blues.
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In 2012, King released her debut EP, “The Elle King EP,” on RCA/Fat Possum Records, and its track “Playing For Keeps” became the theme song for VH1’s “Mob Wives Chicago.”
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In February 2015, she released her debut album, “Love Stuff,” and its leadoff single, “Ex’s & Oh’s,” skyrocketed up the radio charts.
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The song also earned her two Grammy Award nominations for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song.
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It has also been nominated for Alternative Rock Song of the Year and the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards.
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She’s opened for some of the biggest names in alternative music: Dashboard Confessional, Of Monsters and Men, Train, Ed Sheeran, James Bay and Modest Mouse, among others.
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Of course, being Rob Schneider’s daughter comes with its perks: You may remember seeing 10-year-old Elle in “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigalo” as “Cookie Girl.”
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She also appeared in the 2006 comedy “The Benchwarmers.”
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Show opener Jamie Lawson hails from St. Budeaux, Plymouth, England. He started playing guitar around the age of 8 and wrote his first song at 15.
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After releasing three studio albums between 2006 and 2011, he found mainstream success when his single “Wasn’t Expecting That” hit YouTube.
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In March 2015, Ed Sheeran announced that Lawson would be the first artist signed to his new label, Gingerbread Man Records.
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Lawson’s self-titled album was released worldwide on his new label on Oct. 16, 2015. He made his first U.S. television performance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Nov. 10, 2015.
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