Photographer and Reviewer: Jennifer Coelho
Artists: iDKHOW & Joywave with Savannah Conley
Location: Ritz Ybor, Tampa, FL
Date: September 21, 2022
They say it’s hot in Hell and on Wednesday night’s stop on the Welcome to Hellvetica tour, all the line-up made sure to bring in the heat to the Ritz Ybor. The night started off with special guest, Clibbus whose 15-minute set united an excited crowd through his carefully curated mixture of music, measurements and even a bit of fruit. If you have any questions, check out Clibbus’s latest release, If ( P.S.S. Symphony In C Minor) | Clibbus | CLIBBUS (bandcamp.com)
Singer-songwriter SAVANNAH CONLEY took the stage next, playing a riveting 30-minute set with her band showcasing her superb blend of powerhouse vocals and hard-hitting guitar licks which brought an already stoked crowd, over the edge. If you’re a person who likes great music, definitely be sure to check her out.
The premise of a co-headlining tour seems simple enough. Two bands get together and an audience sees a show they (hopefully) like. But one thing that might get overlooked is the logistics of timing. With each band playing for approximately an hour long and a vast catalog of songs to choose from, the question becomes – does the quality reflect like this half a show? Perhaps with other artists, that could very well have been the case.
Joywave put that idea to rest as soon as they hit the stage. With a setlist that made certain to touch on all releases thus far in their career and picking tracks that kept the audience’s attention, the band had no intentions of putting on a lackluster show. So much so that frontman, Daniel Armbruster, recounted of Joywave’s last date in Tampa (at the original Orpheum stage) where they put on such a great show that the venue “gave up and closed shit down… will there even be a stage up here in an hour for [IDKHow] to play?”
Thankfully, there was. Bringing their fusion of cleverly crafted lyrics and melodic rhythms, I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME took to the still in-tact stage and exciting a very captive audience who sang along with every song. One thing that may have thrown audience members for a loop was when Joywave’s Daniel stepped on stage for the band’s song, “Nobody Likes the Opening Band” with his self-penned verse while citing an incredibly long run time, sped up the tempo. Either way, it was something that worked perfectly.
While there are only two dates left on this tour, each artist has music available to stream on Spotify, download off iTunes or purchase through your favorite local retailer.