Monday was a steamy summer night in Arizona, only made hotter by the arrival of The Driver Era. The brothers Lynch- Ross and Rocky- and their assembled band had Tempe’s Marquee Theatre full to the brim with screaming fans eager to welcome the duo back to the desert.
The evening began with the mellow tones of Summer Salt, a band with a sound that warmed up the crowd slowly but surely. The group’s laidback set certainly had the excitable crowd cheering each song and their energy was friendly and inviting for all the age groups represented in the room.
The main event had the pitch of the crowd at very nearly painful levels and The Driver Era delivered everything we could have asked for. The Lynch brothers- joined by brother and bassist Riker Lynch, along with a keyboardist and drummer- were ready for the night to “Keep Moving Forward”.
“Malibu”, the band’s latest single, really got hips and shoulders moving while fans at the front waved cheeky signs in the hopes of gaining the attention of the band. Ross and Rocky traded vocal and instrumental duties all night, with each getting several well-deserved moments in the spotlight. The fans went wild for breakthrough single “Preacher Man” and Rocky showed off stellar vocals on “Low”.
Even though the average age of the room could still be watching Disney Channel (where Ross got his big break), the vibe of a TDE show is undeniably and unashamedly sexy. The band covered a snippet of Drake before launching into their massively popular cover of Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You”, as Ross showed off dance moves that had the ladies shrieking.
The brothers’ first band, R5, was well represented during the set as they tossed in “Loud” and “Cali Girls” to the delight of the audience. By then, the band, fans and probably the walls were dripping with that Arizona perspiration and they weren’t done with us yet. The night came to a close with “Feel You Now” before the band returned by popular demand for a killer three song encore.
Watching The Driver Era move from tiny clubs and past their Disney roots into their current sound has been a treat. Their upcoming mixtape is sure to catapult them to even bigger heights, larger venues and steal the hearts of even more fans- we can’t wait to see that energy return to Arizona.
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Story and photos by Olivia Khiel