Chicago recap from the lovely and amazing Jonerz!



Jonerz, oh how we’ve missed you, girl!!! Ms. J. (who hasn’t been to a pop show of David’s since before his mission) sent me her impressions of the Chicago show and she kindly let me post them, because I loved them so much. Enjoy!


Dateline: Chicago.

Before I left the house for the David Archuleta concert at the Promontory, my hubby looked at me and asked, “Are you really gonna go out looking like that?” And I’m like, “Wut?!? *sniff*”.  Then he says, “New necklace??” And I look down to see this:


Apparently when I leaned over the vanity the magnet from my electric toothbrush head decided to glom onto my necklace.  Nice look don’t you think?  I know David appreciates good oral hygiene but I doubt he’d enjoy seeing dental appliances swinging from the neck of one of his fans at his concert!  Hahahaha
Little side note: Prior to the concert we found a restaurant/brewery that just opened up a block away from The Promonary. At the brewery I asked for recommendations on beers.  She suggested a cherry wheat beer (which sounds weird but was excellent!). Then I looked at the beer menu and saw the name of the cherry wheat beer:
Wait…WUT???  COINKYDINK??!!  I think not!! LOLz  We had a good laugh over that!

On to the concert…

LOVED the venue.  Sooooo intimate.  David loved it too ❤️ It had a nightclub vibe with rows of small candle-lit tables in front of the stage followed by rows of seats behind the tables.
I was so happy to see the turnout.  He is definitely drawing an older crowd (or maybe his original fans are just older now) but the crowd was not just a bunch of screaming teenagers or older female fans. The majority were couples in their mid-twenties to late 30s and they were unabashed in showing their appreciation of each of his songs.  I was so happy (dare I say RELIEVED) to see the turnout and appreciation.
I had two extra tickets for a front row table (via a friend) that I offered to a young couple sitting in the rear seats behind the tables.  They looked like deer in headlights when I offered them front row seats.  “ARE YOU SERIOUS??!!”  They were so excited!
Later, I saw the guy bought David’s CD!  Score!!!
We were seated with two guys (brothers we think), one of which has been a David fan since Idol.  The other knew of David but never saw him perform live.  (Poor guy…should we call the paramedics now or wait until the show is almost over?)
Confession: I did not buy or listen to his album OR watch videos of other concert performances before this show.  I went into this like a newbie.
These are my impressions as the show unfolded:
1.  David is looking so good!  I loved what he was wearing.  Black pants, black tee, jean jacket.  The hair.  Absolutely perfect.
2.  The band – SO GOOD!  Skilled, obviously experienced, and they blend so well with David’s new vibe.  Nice backup vocals too.  When I looked at the stage they seemed like they belonged together.  They “fit”.  Good job David!
3.  Stage presence.  WUT THE WUT?!  Holy cannoli, who unleashed the Gene Kelly inside this guy!?!  I mean. We knew he had it in him but who released the Kraken??!?  I think he killed a couple of ladies in the audience!  WOWZER!  Watching him was absolutely mesmerizing!  I don’t think my brain could register everything I was hearing and seeing but my heart felt every single word.  What I may have missed in a lyric was totally transmitted in his body language and delivery.  Watching him perform these new songs live adds another layer to his music.  At one point he was so engaged with the audience (Numb) the tips of his shoes were hanging over the edge of the stage and it felt like he was going to lunge into the crowd!
4.  The voice.  The Voice.  THE VOICE!!!  Geez Louise!  Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever heard him sound this good!  So strong and the lower register and new texture added another whole dimension to his vocals and he was going for, and achieved, some high notes that would have hospitalized an average singer!!  I think we all needed oxygen after a couple of those!  He’s upped his game…AGAIN!  Unfreakingbelievable.
5.  The music.  I loved all of his new songs.  I can’t pick a favorite. Opening with Up All Night was perfect and seeing him perform Numb was a standout. Other Things in Sight was so groovy, loved that one too!  Gotta say He Lives in You is something special to witness.  Probably my fav of the evening.  So powerful.  As usual, his covers were great. Higher Ground was fabulous, loved Scars and Thunder and hearing the medley of his older songs brought back many memories.  Was great to hear Running.
After the encore when David was thanking the audience, people started coming up to the stage to shake his hand and thank him.  The entire back of he room came forward and he took the time to greet everybody!
It was so special and people were so excited to meet him, it was fun to see all the enthusiasm.  He seemed to sincerely enjoy the interactions.  It made me so happy to see him enjoying his fans again.




The magnificent Maggie’s Periscope HERE.

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34 Responses to Chicago recap from the lovely and amazing Jonerz!

  1. Grammyj says:

    Thanks so much Jonerz for writing this fan recap! Love the detail and got a good laugh at the toothbrush on your necklace. I’m so glad that David is still drawing a good crowd when he’s in other areas of the U.S. besides Utah, Arizona and Idaho. It gives us hope that he will be able to keep touring throughout the states and the world! The Chicago show looked like it was great from the vids I saw and from you recap.

  2. TaterZen says:

    Jonerz, so happy to see your name here. I loved, LOVED, reading your take on David’s Chicago concert. What a fun write up! And no song/video previews? You deserve a shout out for your bravery, I mean going in there cold turkey and all. I laughed out loud at your unintentional dental hygiene accessory, but perhaps you shouldn’t give up on the idea. Wear it to a David Archuleta concert and other fans would be clamoring to own one. No explanation necessary. Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

  3. emmegirl14 says:

    Thanks for the great recap Jonerz! He really does keep upping the ante, even when it’s seems impossible to do so! Archangel, LOL! Does my heart good to see him happy and so engaged too!
    (with the fans I mean 😉)

  4. emmegirl14 says:

    Yeah, I was gonna say you may be onto something with that necklace!

    D A N C E DAVID D A N C E!

  5. JONERZ! You have no idea how wonderful it is to see you “resurface” even if for a moment!!!!! Thank you Snowangelzz!!! I’ve missed you and the Joni sense of humor, we only need to read your recaps to see!!! So happy to know you’ve thoroughly enjoyed the man in his older more mature self with an even more glorious voice. It is everything you say, “So strong and the lower register and new texture added another whole dimension to his vocals…” I love the (not) coinkidinky beer name story ❤ Please don't be a stranger!!

  6. refnaf says:

    (((Jonerz))) so freaking HAPPY you got to a live show!!!! Love this observation- “Watching him was absolutely mesmerizing! I don’t think my brain could register everything I was hearing and seeing but my heart felt every single word. What I may have missed in a lyric was totally transmitted in his body language and delivery.” So amazing how David performs -voice, heart, soul, body….
    AMAZING recap! Thank you!!

  7. TOfan says:

    Putting these tweets here, since J. isn`t on Twitter to see them :`(


  8. Pepper says:

    Loved reading your recap Jonerz, thank you! I’m always so happy for David’s fans that can get to a concert, especially after a long break. Your experience is a lovely example of the transformation that takes place when you are watching that guy live. Have to say, you do have strength, not listening to the new music, videos, etc. prior to the show. Not an easy task for most!
    The necklace/toothbrush is a hoot, lol.
    So glad you got to experience this amazing guy in concert again, thanks so much for sharing.

  9. emmegirl14 says:

    Maybe he needs to wear the hat every night!

  10. Jonerz! Loved your recap!

    Maybe it’s just me, but David seems to be upping it a notch with each concert, if that’s even possible because he was great in Sellersville and Pittsburgh. The videos of his performances are just wow! He’s happy and having a blast. And so are his fans!

    I am very sad about one thing though. That there are music lovers who may never have the pleasure of listening to his new music and hear what he has to say through his music. Not to mention his phenomenal voice! They don’t know what they’re missing.

    • TOfan says:

      not just you, Dee… he just keeps getting better and better, even after you didn’t think that was possible. It just takes one song to catch fire and all of a sudden bolt someone into superstardom. I have no doubt that will happen with David someday, so I’m cherishing this time now when we can see him in these intimate venues. Pretty special. 🙂

  11. angelofdja says:

    I so agree Dee! They’re missing out!

  12. missbianca says:

    Jonerz!!! 💗💗💗 From the moment I heard there was a Chicago concert I hoped that you would go. And no only go but what a fabulous report you’ve generously shared. 💖🎵💗🎶❤️ He’s still got it—no, IT. Ever more IT. The voice, the moves, the connection, the charisma. So happy you liked the band! Now that you’ve had your intro, I hope Postcards in the Sky is played even more often at your home than mine.

    • missbianca says:

      Forgot to mention your necklace design. I can totally see that catching on with a younger “punk” crowd. Etsy here you come.

  13. Pepper says:

    I so love David and his viking hat, LOL. What a great time and great band fun too. I see that Madilyn Paige will be performing tonight at David’s show, good times!

  14. Pepper says:

    Think I read the date wrong about Madilyyn, she’ll be forming with D at a later date.

  15. jackryan4da says:

    OMG.. Just saw the viking thing – how can you not love this guy? Pure joy. Thanks for the recaps TOFan & Jonerz (big waving from Manila!) so glad you were able to go.

    And yes Maggie’s periscope fro Chicago show was SO, SO good, had to DL everything so I can come back to the whole show, even offline.

    David’s unleashing something powerful. And it is very contagious. A lot more people are happier, not just 1 less lonely girl – take that bieber!

    But the show am looking forward to is Nashville! Oh, if I could only tell SILVERFOX “Me, me!, I need 1 of those 2 extra tickets!”

    I feel it in my bones, it is gonna be extra special.
    Although that viking thing is suuuuure hard to beat , hehe

  16. TOfan says:

    “David’s unleashing something powerful” YES!!! So true, JR. Love this.
    the lovely and amazing Robin (@myheartsong) recorded some great vids from Indy, including this VIP Aiming for Hope (one of my faves on the album *instant tears*)

    Rest of her vids HERE.

  17. So good, thank you Jonerz!!

    No matter the many miles and airport connections, it was so worth it to once again see David (and SF and everyone!) and also his great band. I was so impressed with the band!

    He makes me walk around in circles a bit and it is not jet lag, but I am wondering when I will attend another concert! He has always had that power at least over me!

    I will be watching for performance dates! Whoever said you cannot go away for two years and make a comeback? Oh so very wrong!

    SB 🇨🇦

  18. JONERZ says:

    {{{hugs}}} to all of you. I’m very touched by all of your wonderful comments. I may not be visible but I’m always here in spirit, hovering, with VERY CLEAN TEETH 😁 ❤️❤️❤️

  19. TOfan says:

    The lovely and amazing Tina be Periscoping!!!

    • TOfan says:

      Just watched this acoustic version of Numb from David’s TV appearance this morning and I am completely blown away… HOW does he keep doing that??

      The intensity, the emotion, the change-ups, he gets more phenomenal every passing day. Whoah.

      Thanks, JR, for capturing this on YouTube!

      • emmegirl14 says:

        Unreal, he is not human!!! Best Numb, dare I say ….. YET.
        Who, who whoooo else compares! Jeez Louise David!
        Noticed the look smile even on Brady’s face at a couple of those changes, appreciating the Archuleta brilliance 😊

        I am soooo loving Seasons. Cranked it up on the way home and heard something I hadn’t heard before – 2nd verse when he says, “wish I could stop, the ticking of this clock”
        a clock starts ticking in the background and continues throughout until the chorus at the very end. Kind of crazy, but that simple ticking somehow made the emotion of the song resonate even more. Cracks Of Heaven, Say Me, A Little Goes A Long Way, Other Things In Sight among those getting a lot of play here ❤️

  20. Pepper says:

    That was an incredible acoustic performance of Numb. No matter where he is, he gives a beautiful rendition of any any song, honestly. Loved it.
    Thank you and thanks to JR. 🙂

  21. Pepper says:

    emmegirl14….hadn’t noticed that soft ticking of the clock in Seasons, you’re right, thanks for mentioning, yes, adds a little something extra special to that beautiful song. Love the song, so good! So many great songs on this wonderful album. Love, dreams, hope, peace, life. (Or does he say light) never sure but all beautiful.

  22. freofan says:

    Jonerz, Thank you for sharing! So glad you got to see him perform, and that he came to Chicago. Fingers crossed that he comes back to New Zealand or even Australia!

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