May 5th, 2023
By Bryan McCabe
City & Colour, the Canadian singer-songwriter also known as Dallas Green, played a stunning show at The Sylvee in Madison, WI on 5/5/2023 that left the audience spellbound. This was the first time he had ever played in Madison and he had this crowd in the palm of his hand from the moment he took the stage.
To get the night started, singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews took the stage to get the crowd warmed up for the incredible night that was to come. I would be lying if I were to say that I was familiar with her music, but she did a surprisingly excellent job of drawing the crowd into her heartfelt and intimate music. I heard many fans saying how incredible she sounded and how impressed they were with her performance.
As the lights dimmed, Green took to the stage and launched into the opening song, “Meant To Be”, the opening track from his most recent album, The Love Still Held Me Near. His soulful voice filled the room, captivating the audience and setting the tone for the rest of the night. The crowd swayed and sang along to every word, lost in the beauty of the music. The room was filled with an electrifying energy that lasted throughout the night.
Throughout the concert, Green showcased his versatility as a musician, moving effortlessly between soulful ballads and more upbeat, rock-inspired tunes. It wasn’t all introspection and heartache though, Green also knows how to rock out. His rendition of “Strangers” had the audience on their feet, clapping and dancing along to the driving beat. What stood out most about the performance was Green’s raw emotion and passion.
One of the highlights of the evening was Green’s performance of “Comin’ Home,” a classic City & Colour track that never fails to stir up emotion in fans. What made the song even more special that night was the seamless transition into the Alexisonfire track “This Could Be Anywhere In The World”. The hushed crowd erupted into cheers and applause as soon as they heard “because this city, this city is haunted”.
The concert ended with a rousing encore, featuring fan favorites like “The Girl” and “Sleeping Sickness”. As the concert drew to a close, Green thanked the crowd for their unwavering support over the years. The audience erupted into applause, showing their appreciation for the unforgettable performance they had just witnessed. If you have the chance to see City & Colour live, don’t miss it – you won’t regret it!