Gungor came to Philly last night!! I almost couldn’t believe that one of my fav couples (Michael and Lisa) would be gracing an intimate show in my city! I have never seen them live, and some of their songs (and the Liturgists) have made an immense impact in my life. So I guess we should dive into the night then:
Location/Setting: The show took place in a church, Circle of Hope South Philly (not to be mistook for any of the other Circle of Hope churches in Philly *cough cough* like I did upon first arrival *cough*.) A short walk up four flights of stairs put me in an open space where twinkle lights led my way everywhere I went. The room itself was an open room with wooden floors, and there was no stage, just a corner decorated with hanging lights and DIY decorations above for some added homeyness.
Crowd: The crowd consisted of mostly white, Christian progressive millennials, those who know Michael and Lisa for more than Gungor. I appreciated the type of people in the crowd, mature, honest, funny, and all lovers of music. Everyone was extremely courteous. There were only about 200 people there.
Sound: Sound was perfecto and their music sounded amazing. The room had amazing acoustics, and the sound guy (probably from church, or maybe a friend of Michael’s) kicked it doing sound. incredible.
The Set: The setlist contained probably about 10 to 15 songs, and the rest of the time was filled with Q&A. People were asking excellent questions pertaining to music, God, and life. Gungor has always been such a special band for me, so the fact that they were being extremely honest and personal with the crowd made it such a cool show. They have no genre, so their instruments were constantly switching up from things I had never seen or heard before, to synth and guitar looping, to acapella harmonies. It was always somber, but never dull.
All around: The show was great. As a concert stand alone, it was good, but the intimate space, and Q&A made it worth the while. An artist’s personality and aura can really make or break the show, and Michael and Lisa’s essence is so honest and warm, and that’s exactly what the show felt like. I was greeted and welcomed, I felt warm and invited, I enjoyed good music, I saw God in unique ways. Good.