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Show Review: Chelsea Cutler shines at The Van Buren with Yoke Lore

You wouldn’t have known it was a Monday night at The Van Buren in downtown Phoenix just by looking at the crowd that came together in support of Chelsea Cutler’s The Beauty Is Everywhere Tour. Fans also wouldn’t have known that Chelsea was on night 26 of her 29 date tour and reluctantly succumbing to illness induced by sleepless nights, too much caffeine and- according to her- too much pizza.

Yoke Lore opened the show to a packed house of adoring fans who squealed with excitement. Phoenix audiences last saw him at Crescent Ballroom in the fall and definitely brought their friends along for the fun this time around. His folksy songwriting is paired with an energy and charisma that draws the audience in and leaves them wanting more. For those not familiar, the man behind the moniker, Adrian Galvin, was once a member of Walk The Moon – writing songs and playing drums. After leaving the group, he debuted his first EP as Yoke Lore and the rest is history.

On this evening, he curated a perfect blend of newer tracks from his debut album, Toward A Never Ending New Beginning, alongside beloved fan favorites like “Beige,” “Chin Up” and a cherished rendition of “Truly Madly Deeply”. Yoke Lore’s dynamic performance not only established an ideal ambiance but also ignited the crowd and priming them for Cutler’s arrival onstage. 

Chelsea Cutler loves her Phoenix fans and isn’t afraid to share it. “Phoenix was my favorite stop of the last tour,” she chimed, setting the bar high for the remainder of the evening. Although the show came towards the end of The Beauty Is Everywhere Tour, the energy and presence was not in any way lacking. Cutler opened with the opening song from her most recent album, Stellaria, and continued with a mix of newer music along with fan favorites such as “I Don’t Feel Alive” and “Loved By You”. The crowd was filled with girls who have related to Cutler’s music in different ways, from navigating depression and love to self-love and finding your own self, and more than you would have imagined “boyfriends,” as Cutler often referred to.

“Okay Phoenix, aren’t you in for a treat,” she began. While the crowd hoped for a surprise appearance from Noah Kahan for “Crazier Things”, they were instead treated to an incredible performance featuring a meet & greet fan, Abbie Adcox. “Do you want to just finish the rest of the show?” Cutler joked. Soon after, the piano was brought out for adoring fans to be serenaded with and sing and sway along to “Devil On My Shoulder” and another crowd favorite “You Were Good To Me”.

The night didn’t end there. The audience was treated to a special performance of a new, unreleased song, “Tell Her You Love Her” and the evening closed with enchanting melodies “Your Bones” and “This Is How You Fall In Love”, leaving the audience in a state of euphoria, truly embracing the notion that “the beauty is everywhere”.

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Story and photos by Kristen Bourdeau