On Saturday, Nov. 16th, I saw the Charleston native band Stop Light Observations in concert for the sixth time; and this performance was the best one I’ve seen yet.
Being a fan of the alternative band for years now I have seen how SLO has evolved; bursting at the seams with fantastic performances, passionate new music and a flourishing fan base.
This concert held at the Charleston Music Hall was no different.
With an auditorium full of newcomers and longtime lovers young and old, it wasn’t surprising when you could feel the flood of energy as the band walked onto the stage.
SLO’s performances aren’t just engaging because of the band’s dog Lou walking around on stage during the set, but also because Stop Light Observations oozes with a passion for their music and an intoxicating nostalgia for their hometown concerts.
The concert included songs old like “Dinosaur Bones” and “Security”, and the new popular single “2Young”. Vocalist Will Blackburn even gave a beautiful sneak-peak performance of an intimate song “Here’s my Heart” expected to come out soon.
Throughout the concert, SLO played powerful headbangers while also mixing in introspective melodic tunes. One of my favorite parts of the entire night was when Will Blackburn and lead guitarist Louis Duffie slowed things down with a goosebump-worthy rendition of the famous jazz song “Georgia On My Mind”.
By the end of the concert, John Keith Cubreth aka “Cubby” (guitar/piano/synth) and Will expressed their love for Charleston and the pure joy they get from seeing the same people come to their Charleston concerts every year.
Based on their songs, pure talent and passion for what they do, I would seriously not be surprised if Stop Light Observations became known nationwide within the next few years.