Even though about 14 years have passed since Bryce Avary, AKA The Rocket Summer had one of his first shows in the Boston area at the intimate Middle East Upstairs room, it had been 10 since he recorded his 3rd album "Do You Feel." Friday night was the Boston stop on the anniversary tour for that album. Even though Brighton Music Hall is bigger than the Middle East he kept the smaller show vibe and was as humble and grateful to the fans that have supported him throughout his career.
Avary returned with additional band members on drums and bass to fill out the sound of a live show, a couple of older tunes were performed solo. In addition to the album, he showcased his multiple talents by sitting behind the second drum kit that was on stage to play a solo, he also played piano, guitar and harmonica. During “Walls” from his 2011 release Of Men and Angels he also recorded his vocals to play back as beats while hitting the piano. Someone had asked how he can sing so long during his shows as he played for practically two hours, Avary jokingly explained it was because the fans were so good at singing along. Which was certainly true, at the crowd belted out the tunes just as loud as he did.
He even dove into the crowd to perform a few songs in the middle of the fans. Toward the end of the set he took requests which inspired plenty more sing-a-longs like “Come Alive,” “200,000,” and “Never Knew.” Closing out the show with the first song from his first album, Calendar Days “Cross My Heart.” Keeping up beat the duration of the whole show he promised to come back and shared the sentiment many times that he’s always writing and creating new music to share with his fans. Always a fun show with The Rocket Summer.