Photos And Review By: Ann Storlie

Artist: Cannons

Date: March 19, 2022

Location: Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL

Cannons brought their Fever Dream tour to Chicago’s Lincoln Hall on Saturday, March 19th with support from Madi Sipes & The Painted Blue.

Based in Sacramento, CA, Madi Sipes & The Painted Blue consists of singer and electric guitarist Madi Sipes, and longtime friend Stefan Sorgea on bass.

The two played many songs about sex and sadness, which is unironically what one of their most popular songs is titled. “Sex & Sadness” led into other tracks from the band including “8:00” and “After Hours.”

Fever Dream is Cannons first headlining tour – which is hard to believe after all of their success over the past few years.

Cannons formed in 2013 with vocalist Michelle Joy, guitarist Ryan Clapham, and keyboardist/bassist Paul Davis. The band skyrocketed to success in 2020 after their song “Fire For You” was featured on the Netflix teen drama “Never Have I Ever,” and were quickly signed to Columbia Records.

Following that success, Cannons played the main stage at Lollapalooza in 2021 – a feat that not many artists can achieve, especially without having many headlining tours under their belt.

This is what made the show Saturday so special, as it was likely one of the last times fans would be able to be close-and-personal with the rising band.

Clapham and Davis took the stage before Michelle Joy made her entrance, dressed in a sequin mini-skirt set and red feathered dressing gown – reminiscent of the 70s/80s vibes the band channels in their music.

Emulating the likes of Cher and early-Madonna, Michelle Joy began to sing – as the band started to take us through a fever dream, beginning with “Shadows” and “Ruthless.”

Cannons Fever Dream album will be released March 25th, and the band treated the crowd to a few sneak-peeks of songs on the album including “Tunnel Of You” and “Strangers.”

The bands setlist also spanned that of their long history, from singles “Spells” and “Evening Star” released in 2015, to fan-favorites “Fire For You” and “Talk Talk” from their 2019 album Shadows.

Cannons continue their Fever Dream tour through May 20th.

March 22 – Somerville, MA @ Crystal Ballroom
March 23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
March 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
March 26 – Washington, D.C. @ Union Stage
March 28 – Toronto, Canada @ The Velvet Underground
March 29 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird Cafe & Music Hall
March 30 – Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s
April 01 – Indianapolis, IN @ HI-FI
April 02 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
April 04 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
April 05 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
April 07 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Chelsea’s Live
April 08 – Houston, TX @ The Secret Group
April 09 – Fort Worth, TX @ Tulips
April 10 – Austin, TX @ Antone’s
April 12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
April 13 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
April 15 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
April 16 – Santa Barbara, CA @ SOhO
April 18 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
April 19 – Vancouver, Canada @ Hollywood Theatre
April 20 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s

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