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Show Review: The Teskey Brothers light up The Van Buren in Phoenix

The Van Buren was abuzz with excitement on Tuesday as The Teskey Brothers made their debut as headliners in the city on The Winding Way Tour across North America. The tour, promoting their album released last June, brought a sold-out crowd to their feet and made this inaugural headlining performance in Phoenix a night to remember. Given the overwhelming reception in such a special and intimate setting, it’s clear that their next visit will likely be at a much larger venue.

The evening kicked off with an electrifying set by country-disco singer Pearl Charles. Known for her unique blend of 60s rock and 70s country, Charles captivated the audience with funky bass lines and clean, compelling vocals. Dressed in a psychedelic airbrushed suit and a cowboy hat adorned with a scorpion, she effortlessly showcased her playful and darker sides, a duality reflected in her lyrics. Accompanied by a full band, her performance featured songs such as her most recent single, “Smoke In The Limousine”. She has also teased that she is working on new music, so fans should stay tuned for upcoming tracks.

When The Teskey Brothers finally took the stage, the atmosphere was charged with anticipation. Hailing from Australia, the duo was grateful and humbled by the warm reception and frequently expressed their thanks to an endeared audience. Despite delivering a set length that was typical for them, the 15-song performance felt concise compared to what fans have come to expect from headlining acts, but it was packed with emotion and musical excellence.

Opening with a soulful rendition of Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness”, The Teskey Brothers set the tone for an unforgettable night. Their setlist effortlessly blended tracks from their latest album with beloved classics and fan favorites. The night reached its climax with a powerful performance of “Hold Me”, where the entire crowd joined in, creating a euphoric and communal experience.

One of the most memorable moments came when Sam Teskey, in a heartfelt tribute to his brother and lead singer Josh, remarked, “He doesn’t sing, does he? Whatever he does with his mouth, it goes straight into your ears and down into your heart”. The crowd erupted in agreement, underscoring the deep connection between the band and their fans.

As The Teskey Brothers continue their global tour, sharing their remarkable talents with audiences worldwide, those lucky enough to have witnessed the show in Phoenix will undoubtedly cherish the memory of an extraordinary night at The Van Buren.