PICS: The Head and the Heart, Grouplove, Mt. Joy at SDSU’s Open Air Theatre

Triple threat: SDSU's Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre welcomed the Head and the Heart, Grouplove and Mt. Joy on Friday, May 18!

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The folk/alt-country/pop group the Head and the Heart brought some epic singalongs with 'em!
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The group currently consists of Josiah Johnson (guitar, vocals), Jonathan Russell (vocals, guitar, pictured left), Charity Rose Thielen (violin, guitar, vocals, pictured), Chris Zasche (bass) and Tyler Williams (drums).
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In March of 2016 though, the band announced co-guitarist/vocalist Johnson would be on hiatus from the group's touring plans. In his place, they’ve recruited Matt Gervais (who is also married to Thielen, pictured).
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They’ve released three albums over the last eight years, with their latest being last year’s “Signs of Light” via Warner Bros. Records.
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Their first two albums, 2011’s self-titled and 2013’s “Let’s Be Still,” were both released via celebrated independent Seattle label Sub Pop.
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The group came together initially after they met during a series of open mic nights at Seattle’s Conor Byrne pub in Ballard.
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Johnson once explained the name of the band as: “Your head is telling you to be stable and find a good job, you know in your heart that this [the band] is what you’re supposed to do even if it’s crazy.”
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After selling out of their homemade copies of their self-titled album, tons of label/management interest poured in. They signed to Sub Pop in 2010.
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Their second album, “Let’s Be Still,” reached No. 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart when it was released.
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The band has had their share of songs used in film and television: “Rivers and Roads” has been used in “Chuck,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “New Girl.”
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Other shows that have used their music include “Beaver Falls,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Battle Creek,” “Hart of Dixie,” “The Night Shift,” “Heartbeat,” and “Roadies.”
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The band's May 18 set list included the following songs (from setlist.fm): "All We Ever Knew," "City of Angels," "Ghosts," "Rhythm & Blues"...
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"Another Story," "Let's Be Still," "Don't Dream It's Over" (Crowded House cover), "Lost in My Mind," "Winter Song," "I Don't Mind," "Sounds Like Hallelujah," and "Down in the Valley."
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For their encore, they played: "One Good Mystery" (a new song that Jonathan Russell played solo), "Library Magic," "Shake" and "Rivers and Roads."
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An epic set from an epic band!
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Grouplove helped open the show. Known for their energetic live performances, they definitely did not disappoint!
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The alt-indie rock band had their upbeat stage show firing on all cylinders throughout their set.
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Their band lineup currently consists of Hannah Hooper (vocals/keyboards, pictured left), Chris Zucconi (vocals/guitar, pictured right), Ryan Rabin (drums), Andrew Wessen (guitar/vocals, and Daniel Gleason (bass).
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They originally hail from Los Angeles and, like the Head and the Heart, formed in 2009.
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Grouplove's debut EP contained their massive hit "Colours."
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Nylon Magazine named the band as one of the top 10 "Best New Bands in 2010."
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The band contributed an original song, "Let Me In," to the soundtrack for the hit film, "The Fault In Our Stars."
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The group(love) played the following set during the show: "Welcome to Your Life," "Itchin' on a Photograph," "I'm With You," "Heart of Mine"...
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Followed by "Shark Attack," "This is the End," "Raspberry," "Let Me In," "Tongue Tied," "Space Oddity" (David Bowie cover), "Sabotage" (Beastie Boys cover), "Ways to Go" and "Colours."
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Mt. Joy also helped open the show.
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According to their bio, "Mt. Joy started off as a rekindling of shared musical ambitions between Philadelphia high school friends Matt Quinn (vocals/guitar, pictured right) and Sam Cooper (guitar).
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"Reunited in Los Angeles thanks to the ebbs and flows of adult life, the pair met multi-instrumentalist Michael Byrnes through a Craigslist ad."
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"They named themselves Mt. Joy as an ode to a mountain in Valley Forge National Park near Sam’s childhood home, and together, with Byrnes’ roommate Caleb Nelson producing, they recorded three songs and sent them out into the world, hoping for the best. 'I knew I still wanted to write songs, but the realities of life made that dream seem pretty impossible,' Quinn says."
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"Much to the band’s amazement, [their single] 'Astrovan' accomplished the impossible. Without initial promotion or fanfare, the song took off on Spotify, racking up 5 million streams to date."
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"Mt. Joy quickly transitioned from a part-time calling into a full-fledged band rounded out by Byrnes on bass (pictured), Sotiris Eliopoulos on drums and Jackie Miclau on keyboard."
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The group released their debut, self-titled, full-length album in February of 2018.
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We sure hope all three of these great bands come back soon!
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