Northampton Nirvana

You guys, I don’t even know where to begin. This tiny little venue in Northampton, MA, was one of the best concert experiences I’ve ever had.

My head is spinning right now… so forgive me my stream-of-consciousness rambling.

First of all, Northampton is a lovely college town with a Main Street of beautiful historic storefronts, quirky bookshops and quaint vegan cafes. In short, my kind of place.

The Iron Horse venue, just off Main Street, is not the usual type of David venue… it’s rough around the edges and also in the middle. But the acoustics were incredible and the crowd madly in love with David… as it should be.

The VIP was only about 20 people and we got to hear David sound check and then headed down to the basement for Q&A and photos.

The actual basement, beside a door with a handwritten sign that said “This is NOT the bathroom” 😂😂😂


Was David nervous on American Idol? He said yes, but that nervous energy can be channeled into something positive.

If he could sing only one song for the rest of the tour, what would it be?  He said probably Numb.

“Do you like bread? … I ask because I work in a bakery” … he said he likes Ezekiel bread with only a few healthy ingredients and then had to explain more about what that is because most people there hadn’t heard of it… these same 2 girls told him that they were at the Maine show last night and it was so amazing they had to come again. David wanted to know precisely what it was about the show that made them want to come again. They said “everything.” 😍 They told him it was so awesome they brought their parents to this one and said, “You’ve gotta see this!” ❤️

oh and they drove 7 hours from New Brunswick, Canada! 🇨🇦

Someone asked if he’d sing Shine A Light but he said it was only for last night unless he dropped it down an octave. After a request, he sang a bit of The Prayer… like, wow. He is planning a Christmas tour! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

And my question: “When writing a song, when do you know when you’re finished?”

He said he never feels a song is finished… even once the CD comes out, he hears things he’d want to change. Oh, David.

We won’t talk about my insane VIP photo … I look like someone who’s just woke up with amnesia.

Anywaayyys… onto the show… the crowd was SOOOO great! Screams for David from the moment he walked out. High-pitched ones that made you spill your drink.

The crowd was all ages, tons of millennials, lots of guys, families, and some Canadians who all ended up in the same corner somehow.  😂

Up All Night was electric with David throwing in all these dance moves and fancy footwork… and when he did a spin the crowd went wild.

Something About Love was met with wild cheers. But whenever  he spoke or told stories, you could hear a pin drop… and then lots of applause when he was finished.

It was the first time I’d heard him mention his brother Daniel in his talk before “Beautiful” and it was really touching.

When he mentioned American Idol, a deep baritone voice called out “You should’ve won!” And everyone cheered… possibly me included.

He asked if anyone there had been at his last Northampton show, on his first solo tour, and tons of people clapped… he just beamed. And one girl told him she’d been the one waiting for him in the snowstorm… then blurted out, “We love you, David!” 😍

In fact there were a couple of cries of “Marry me, David!” but he managed to stay focused.

He was just so confident and full of that light he talks about… it filled my heart to see so much love thrown back his way.

He was so on fire he dropped to his knees on two, count ‘em, TWO songs.

At the end, when he took the time to shake hands from the stage, he remembered the New Brunswick girls and asked them how their parents enjoyed the show. I mean, who does that?? David, of course. (They loved it btw, ‘natch.)

And maybe because it was such an intimate venue and he could actually see who was out there, he was singing directly to people like never before, and having a blast doing it.

Sorry this is so sketchy… I took some videos and I’ll post them now but fair warning, I’m no Muldur or Shelley. 😂


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36 Responses to Northampton Nirvana

  1. TaterZen says:

    Awwww, I want another concert. I just knew it would be so good for y’all. He’s on top of his game all the time now and it’s just a joy to witness it. Thanks!

  2. GrammyJ says:

    Thanks for the great recap! I love how David is getting better and better, like that is even possible but is is. He is the greatest showman!

  3. janey79 says:

    Luff you Deb and all the unique concert experiences. Thank you for bringing this one to us. Finding it interesting that there’s a new bunch of folks going to multiple shows, I get it, I really do 😉

  4. NCGirl_Marylee says:

    ….there’s something in my eye…dang, happens so often these days.

  5. Pepper says:

    What a wonderful recap! Really happy that you were there Deb, awesome experience, yes! There is something about these little venues that bring those extra special experiences. Kudos to the Cdns travelling to the shows too. Great videos, great experiences shared and David really is at the top of his game. So good to read about these experiences. Thanks for sharing, love it all. 🙂

  6. janey79 says:

    Deb, do you recall why numb?

  7. Spirit says:

    Love this recap and the wonderful videos, Deb! The sound is really incredible! Got a big laugh at your description of your VIP picture!

  8. angelofdja says:

    Thank you for this lovely recap! Like GrammyJ said “he keeps getting better and better” & I know I’ve said that couldn’t be possible? I have cried with joy for him to see how comfortable he is with just being David!
    Bought two tickets for Knoxville!!! I’m thrilled that my hubby will be going with me! Another “guy” in the audience!

  9. mlpb3 says:

    Great recap – love how there are new and returning fans appearing at these concerts. Also fans who have waited many years to finally see their dreams come true. His feeling of the importance of the “one” will drive him everywhere I feel no matter the size of venue or crowd. Doing concerts everyday for days will make it feasible for him. He is on a “mission” again. And that he seems so happy is the best part of it all.

  10. TOfan says:

    The lovely and amazing DJBell is baaaaaack!

    Check out her YouTube channel for even more amazing videos from the Hartford show last night:

  11. Kizzi says:

    🎉😍🇨🇦😍🎉 …. no words.

  12. TOfan says:

    You guys, I am so sad about my Toronto friend Connie missing the show tonight because she and her hubby got stuck in a snowstorm/traffic halt driving from T.O. to Long Island for the show. My worst nightmare. Glad they are safe though and that peeps are sharing things like this:

    There were lots of empty seats tonight because of the weather but David gave his all and those of us who were fortunate enough to have weathered the storm screamed as loud as we could to shower him with the lava bombs of love he deserves.

    After this sweet moment, I was toast… literally no words… the young man could give angels lessons, I tell you.

  13. Pepper says:

    Feel so bad for Connie and others who perhaps couldn’t make it to the show because of the weather, what a disappointment. Safety first of course, Hope everyone makes it to Pawling.
    Love all the fan comments and David bringing the girl up on stage to dance was the sweetest thing. ❤ He really is such a sweetheart.
    Awesome, TOfan!

  14. Moelita says:

    I totally agree, we definitely picked the right idol. .

  15. Thank heavens we have the recaps! The storm was terrible for those on the east coast of the US!

    I have 3 more months to go before I will be allowed to fly considering the damage I did travelling from his last tour to PA. Now I know what it is like to be home and enjoying every word in the comments as the only source of hearing him.

    I am certain we could write a book on our travels to see him and hear him sing. He would be surprised.

    SB 🍁
    A tour across Canada would be nice David. 🇨🇦 We have many pubs and bars and other venues! Everyone comes to Halifax to sing!

  16. TOfan says:

    Hitting the long road home shortly but just wanted to give you all a group hug for how blessed so feel rn 😍… will do a full highlight-reel recap when I get home but just wanted to say that I’m thrilled Daryl’s House live-streamed the show last night but it probably didn’t capture the off-the-charts energy of that room and deafening screams for David… he was lavished with lavabombs of love last night and was beaming throughout, which made my heart swell… TONS of guys there and truly peeps of all ages… and it was so awesome to reconnect with East Coast peeps (some I’ve only “known” online) for such a big, amazing David love fest! {{{{{{{{❤️group hug❤️}}}}}}

    • amb4da says:

      True on all, Deb…I echo those sentiments. That venue tho’.❤️🎶 David’s beaming with “right place with himself” happiness & connection tho’. ❤️🎶 I am still processing. Good that I’ll have time to get through that before your next FULL recap. What a week it was for me, personally, not even expecting some of the magic that happened…timing, grace, unexpected acts of kindness…and finally meeting so many people for the first time around for me…in two of my best venue experiences to date. Shout out to my girl Astrid, who shared both CT & NY with me, who “called it” on Daryl’s place, when we were planning to meet up (finally, after only knowing each other online for 10 years y’all?! lol), (how many y’alls did w’yall hear this week, did ya lose count?! :)), anyway…because it was a new experience seeing David do David in a small music club. #MoreofThisPlease
      Oh yes, SO glad they Live-Streamed, another unexpected gift in this magical week! #sograteful
      ~Safe travels home, you nomads, you. 😉

  17. emmegirl14 says:

    Can’t wait TOfan, safe travels!

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  19. Pepper says:

    That was an incredible Invincible! David really does TV well. 🙂 Thanks for the updates and hope you had a good and safe trip back Deb. Still appreciating that live stream from the other night, also incredible, wow.

  20. refnaf says:

    Whew! What a trip!!
    He was soooo inspiring to see, so comfortable and confident on stage and absolutely sweet at VIP! We def picked the right “idol”
    Was able to see a lot of peeps from back i n the “notingdavid” days! So cool!
    His performance highlights for me were Say Me, PiTS, the Showman medley and the total love bombing when he does Crush!
    To think that TOfan and I where there when he first sang Crush live at Ford Day almost 10 years ago BLOWS WHATS LEFT OF MY MIND! Just wow!
    I can only eeeeeeeeeEeeeeeeeee
    And count the blessings that belong to us as David fans ❤️

  21. missbianca says:

    Hey y’all. You know my “y’all” is authentic because I lived in Tennessee longer than David has (as of now anyway). I was thrilled to attend the Portland and Hartford concerts. I chose to spend time with family instead of making the trek to Northampton, even knowing I would miss something this special. I, too, met long-time friends for the first time. David looked happier than ever which made me very happy indeed.

    “Invincible” is my anthem. “Look at how you’re trying to think it to death.” Yep.

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  23. oliveoil says:

    Hi everyone !!! Loving all your great recaps, pictures and videos of this east coast tour. I was so blessed to see David at the Birchmere Monday night . I took a friend with me who kind of remembered David from American Idol, that he was cute and a very good singer. I told her that his music is very inspirational and she liked that. The venue is a pretty cool place where you can eat at tables and watch the performer at the same time. Lol. The place was completely packed with people of all ages, mostly female, but lots of men as well. David was fantastic !!! In spite of being under the weather, he put on a wonderful show. He left out a few songs, but made up for it by talking to us about what the songs meant to him and how he hoped that we can connect to them in some way. He is just the BEST !!! On the way home my friend says, I loved the songs, I loved his voice, but mostly I loved HIM. I must concur with that assessment . 🙂

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