On Monday, Nov. 23, Emily Kinney took the stage at The Visulite Theatre in Charlotte to a crowd of adoring fans. Kinney may be best known for her role as Beth Greene on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” but she also has a flourishing music career. Her impressive list of other roles on television include “The Flash,” “Masters of Sex” and “The Knick.” This concert was the last on her “This Is War” tour and drew fans both old and new.
Emily wasn’t the only singer on stage; her lead guitarist, Adam Tressler, performed several of his songs to the audience. Tressler, a self-confessed fan of presidents, performed one song about shortest serving president of the United States, William Henry Harrison. Another one of his songs attempted to change the general opinion about Martha Washington. Adam’s album “Footnote” can be found at the following link: http://adamtressler.bandcamp.com/album/footnote.
Following an impressive setlist from Tressler and a short break, singer and pianist Jacob Jeffries took the stage to share his stunning vocals. Equipped with his keyboard, Billy (named by a fan at a previous concert), Jeffries shared several of his songs with the captivated audience. One of his songs, “The Same Song,” as explained by Jeffries, emphasizes the importance of unity and is meant to bring people together: “We all bleed the same blood and we all sing the same song.” Jeffries’ rich voice and talent on the keyboard brought the audience to roaring applause song after song. For one of his final performances of the night, Jeffries invited Kinney and bassist, Hayley Batt, to lend their vocals. Immediately after leaving the venue, I purchased several of Jeffries’ songs on iTunes. His music can be found at the following link: http://www.jacobjeffries.com/music/
Kinney finally made her way on stage with her band members, Tressler on guitar, Batt on bass and Dustin Koester on the drums. The crowd, already electric from the previous performers, cheered at the sight of Kinney. Straight from her newly released album titled “This Is War,” Kinney performed songs such as “Molly” and “Berkeley’s Breathing.” During her song, “Take Home Julie,” she asked for the audience to sing along as loudly as possible. She also encouraged audience participation for her song, “Birthday Cake,” by having the crowd snap their fingers. Fans in the audience cheered as Emily performed two songs that her character Beth sang on “The Walking Dead,” covers of Waxahatchee’s “Be Good” and Tom Waits’ “Hold On.” Jeffries returned to the stage to play Billy the keyboard for “Be Good.” After her final song, the crowd began cheering “Encore!” prompting Emily to return and play “Rockstar.” Emily’s excitement and passion could most definitely be felt by everyone in the audience.
During the concert, Emily referred to the venue as a sort of “musical bubble” and declared Charlotte’s crowd as her best audience on tour. Emily’s musical and songwriting talents were put on full display at The Visulite Theatre. Both Adam Tressler and Jacob Jeffries also helped to deliver an incredible concert experience. Emily’s music can be found at the following link: http://emilykinneymusic.com/music/