Concert Review: The Strumbellas + Sam Cash And The Romantic Dogs @ The Phoenix – Toronto

Hometown alternative country/indie rock band, Strumbellas captivated The Phoenix Concert Theatre by delivering a high-energy performance, which made the night completely unforgettable.

Originally I first saw Strumbellas at TURF back in July and was immediately drawn to their dynamic stage performance. After seeing them again at The Phoenix Concert Theatre, I remembered exactly why I loved this band in the first place — their songs are catchy, upbeat, and you honestly cannot help but dance and sing along when they perform.

Performing to a packed show, Strumbellas opened with Home Sweet Home and countlessly thanked the hometown audience for all the support and love they have received as a band. Throughout the night, songs from both albums, My Father and the Hunter and We Still Move On Dance Floors were performed.

During Did I Die, Dave Ritter on keys displayed his phenomenal rapping skills. Perhaps this could be a sample of something to look forward to in the future? As the night progressed, Simon Ward dedicated an emotional performance of The Fire to a fan that came up to him earlier in the night that experienced a recent death in the family.

The band evidently meshes well together and effortlessly drew the crowd in. People were foot stomping, whipping their hair, hand clapping, and sang every word to all the songs. As the night came to end, Strumbellas closed with the ever popular song, Sailing and surprised the crowed with doing two encore performances.

Every single band member performed with such passionate. It is know wonder why Strumbellas won 2014 Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album Of The Year and the SiriusXM Indies award for Folk Group Of The Year.

For our interview with The Strumbellas, click here.

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Review by Sarah Brown (@SarahBrown03)

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