Tuacahn is magic Part 2


Okay, my quick recap of Tuacahn Night 1 talked about the magic of this place. Little did I know that David would take that Friday night magic and abracadabra it up into a show of spellbinding skyrockets.


I don’t know if it was the wild Saturday night crowd or the fact that it was his last show until his next run, but he and the band were in sync and on fiyah!


Maybe they’ve been doing this the whole time, but I loved how Desmond and David connect and interact during Someone to Love… like they’re having a convo or something, so cool.

Thunder was Thunderous and I totally could not contain myself during Scars to Your Beautiful… love Alessia Cara but David just ROCKS this song. I think he may have pointed at me at “no scars to your beautiful” but I was rocking out myself to it so much that my eyes weren’t quite focused, lolol. [Sorry, I can’t find a vid or Peri of the Sat. night Scars, so if you do PLEASE share in the comments… SOOOO good!]

You could hear a pin drop during his intro to Postcards in the Sky … he was so passionate and personal and heartfelt and I’m pretty sure it touched every person there. Sometimes when he is so emphatic with these messages, I can’t help but think that he’s talking to his younger self, in a way… not sure if that makes sense.

The lovely and amazing Tina, transcribed some of it on her Tumblr:

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See the rest here. And Shirley’s Peri of the whole thing.

It was really cool to see all the people that had the postcards that Shirley & Gwen handed out before the show waving them in the air during the chorus of Postcards… I did actually think I was taking a video of that and showing the crowd but I guess I didn’t quite fully hit the “record” button. #fanfail

I’m Ready was incredible… every song was, of course, but I just felt so much emotion from the songs on the Saturday night show. The crowd was electric and at one point a row of girls right behind me all yelled out, “WE LOVE YOU, DAVID!” … truer words were never spoke…  🙂 🙂 🙂


When the lovely and amazing Cheryl & Shirley & Shelley & Gwen & Linda (hope I’m not missing anyone) held up the David-face fans that Cheryl & Shirley had had made, David’s reaction was priceless. He asked them to turn them around so the rest of the crowd could see them. So cute! And he went on to say something like, “Well, they say if you can befriend yourself you’ll never feel alone.” *DEAD* And then, “That kind of threw me off a little.”

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Aiming for Hope about KILLED me. It wasn’t on the set list (Say Me was)… and as much as I love Say Me, I really needed to hear Aiming for Hope this weekend … it just struck me so personally this time and I 100% bawled through the whole thing… not one of those slow builds to getting choked up but tears immediately springing forth and rolling down my cheeks. I could hardly see him through all the salty water. I was about to stand at the end but he missed the final piano chord and, after weeping, everyone chuckled when he took like 4 stabs at it.

As it turned out, the next song killed me (and everyone else) even more.

David started getting choked up even during the intro… it was so moving… and people chuckled when he swatted away a moth that was flying around him before starting the song but someone (Kalei?) accurately pointed out that moths are attracted by light 🙂 🙂 🙂 … anyways, see for yourself:

What you can’t see in the video is just how overcome with emotion David was at the end… and how everyone spontaneously rose to their feet and applauded him for a really long time … and he stood and nodded and soaked it all in while he collected himself… he was visibly moved by the reaction and the support… it made me cry even more, dang it.

A friend who was sitting a few rows back from Refnaf, Awestruck, Mr. Awestruck and I told us that, near the beginning of the song, an elderly man near them got up and started walking slowly down the stairs toward the stage, then stopped and put his hand on his heart as he stood there for the rest of the song. I totally get that. Such a powerful performance… I’ll never forget it.

Here’s what Desmond shared on Twitter about it:

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And this, from Brenda: #word

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You might have seen in the vids and Peris how windy it was Sat. night… and that added to the magic of it all…

… sitting under a full moon on a starlit night surrounded by otherworldly red rocks while a warm breeze blows through your hair and David Archuleta sings his heart out.

Doesn’t get much better than that, my friends.

How about you guys?? From what you caught of the show, what did you think??

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29 Responses to Tuacahn is magic Part 2

  1. Nan says:

    Great recap Deb. It was magical, ethereal, emotional and yet lively at the same time! It takes great skill and talent to weave all the emotions into a meaningful experience for everyone. He just invites the audience to join him in a little journey through his life. Everything came together for me – the setting, the choice of songs (was hoping for “Aiming for Hope,” the stories, my good friends, the entire atmosphere – to make it one of my top favorite David concerts! It was great to see you and Nancy again!

  2. janey79 says:

    fantastic recap, deb! i happened to catch a bit of scars on an IG story, it sounded so powerful.and not that it needs to be said, but this is why many fans go to as many shows as possible (and thank you thank you thank you to those who share so much, y’all have NO idea how much it means to live the fan experience vicariously through you and too, to share it with other home bound fans, near and far at the same time via peri’s and whatnot. such a gift y’all give to us! David is one thing but the communal experience is what elevates it. now back to said topic…), because each one offers a unique and memorable experience. i have only two words NEXT YEAR.

    • GrammyJ says:

      Yes, exactly how I feel about the “communal fan experience”!! Thanks for the great recap for those of us that couldn’t be there.

  3. tawna21 says:

    A great recap of an amazing evening! It truly was beyond magical!! I noticed the man going down the stairs, He stopped and stood there completely absorbed in the music. I wondered what was going thru his head and heart. I wasn’t sitting amongst the ‘Fans of David’, but I was sitting with fans of David and felt the love happening where I was. It’s everywhere. Not just on the first three or four rows of the venue. I was absolutely in love with the little tween girl that was sitting next to me. She was so excited and bubbling over with ‘David-ness’.

    As my hubby and I left Saturday night, he asked me how I liked it. My response…. ‘This is why I keep going to David’s concerts. I know I will not be disappointed. I know I will be uplifted and given some amazing things to ponder on.’ I’ll be back. ♥♥

    • TOfan says:

      aww, wish we’d seen you there, Tawna! I know what you mean about the love being everywhere… I just loved seeing all the excited groups of people taking pics with the giant poster of David at the entrance before the show, so cool to see!

  4. Pepper says:

    What a wonderful recap Deb. Happy for everyone that took in this great concert at an amazing venue. Thanks for including us who were not there to ‘share’ in the experience. Truly does sound magical and David is truly a unique artist. He shares so much and touches everyone, I think, in some capacity. Very grateful to all those who shared and some of the videos are so moving. His rendition of ICOI was really beautiful, I can understand the emotion for David (and many in attendance). The fact that he sang Aiming For Hope is wonderful, that is one song I would love to hear live, one of my faves. Hopefully one day!
    Love all the fan love!

  5. TOfan says:

    Great clips of Thunder and Greatest Showman… even caught his bloopers, lol:

    And I forgot to mention in the post how disappointed David looked Friday night after Crush when he saw that the gap in front of the stage was much too wide for him to reach over to do his usual hand-shaking, selfie-taking…and I’m sure I wasn’t just imagining it… he sort of paused and danced a little to the outro music and looked across like he was sizing up if there was a way to do it but there wasn’t so he just waved as much as he could. 😍😍😍

  6. refnaf says:

    I appreciate your recaps so much because I’m so blessed to experience it all with you!!
    Aiming for Hope was a highlight for me…. that song is EVERYTHING!
    The way he is able to communicate each song with not just his voice but with his body language really hit me this time, his stance and determined look at the end Spotlight Down, the little hip holding during OTIS, the spins in Parachutes, the ams out glory note in Numb (etc). He really tells stories during the song and THEN the stories he speaks I find so powerful even after being them a few “cough” times. I have not been to concerts where so many stories and sharing happen (I’m sure there are other artists that do) but he def has a gift for this type of show. Desmond made a comment on twitter that this is what David wants to do…. sing and SHARE to motivate. He did have 2000+ peeps captivated when he spoke each night. I can only believe that he may be filling a niche that’s not out there so much (music and motivational speaker all in one!) my gut feeling is that David likes a few dances high energy songs, but likes the more serious stuff to say what he needs to say! My speculation is that he will never move to big arena dancy type formats…. and I’d be very happy with that.
    Tuachan itself is the best venue. The rocks, sound, warm breeze, stars and David!!!

  7. awestruck says:

    Maybe the magic of a Full Moon helped David connect even more, idk. If I Could Only Imagine was tear jerkingly moving for me. When he got choked up during the intro it carried right through the song – he sang it with such passionate emotion. Aiming For Hope slayed me – more tears. The Greatest Showman was awesome too. The show was sold out both nights and David made a point at the end of the show to thank everyone for coming both nights. He also praised Tuacahn for treating him and his band so well – expressed surprise that they asked him back every year. OH DAVID, you will come to realize that you will continue to sell out this venue.

    • TOfan says:

      I know! When he said he gets nervous when they invite him back because he thinks, “but they already saw me last time, they’re not going to want to come again… but now here you all are!” … oh, David! *sniff*

      • janey79 says:

        silly boi. it’s become a destination and a must-do on most fans’ list. can’t wait until they announce next year’s dates. i’m already there.

  8. awestruck says:

    Forgot – hubby was talking to a couple before the show and the gentleman said when he phoned on the first day of ticket sales that the first show was completely sold out and he and his wife ended up near the back on the second night. He commented to hubby that there must have been a lot of pre-sale tickets. Hubby said NOPE there weren’t. FYI David, people will continue to get to know that your concerts will sell out fast…

  9. TOfan says:

    omigosh, how is it that I have never seen this??!! #fanfail Beautiful!

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  11. TOfan says:

    I don’t often read through the comments on David’s FB posts but so glad I did this time… here are some of my faves:

    “We loved it! I don’t have a favorite song. They’re all so good. I did have so much fun with your Greatest Showman medley. I’m obsessed with that show. My husband cried during “I Can Only Imagine.” I won’t forget that. But, my favorite part–the reason we keep coming to your shows–is the smile on my daughter’s face and how she danced out of the amphitheater. ♡♡♡
    Thank you!”

    “I was so touched by your “real ness” and the light you shared! It was a last minute decision to try to come to see you (driving 4 1/2 hours) and I am so glad I did. I thought I was coming to a concert, …. but what I attended Saturday night, was much more than that. Thank you, David, for sharing your testimony and truth and story and for being “real”! I was blessed to be touched in so many ways Saturday night! You are doing great things….keep being “YOU”! We wouldn’t want you any other way! ❤️”

  12. missbianca says:

    Telling a story of way back when, here. Does anyone who reads here remember the original Team Archie, back when David’s peeps were Team David? We were a small team with an international focus who did a LOT of gifting. Anyway, we had some of fans with David’s picture printed up, 300 of them I think. The background was bright red, and they were designed by a fan from Singapore, a guy who used the nickname Nash. I gave away a lot of these during his first solo tour–and I can’t find a single photo of them anywhere! I guess I could hit my dusty archives (that’s literal, so much dust!) and find the one I kept…

  13. janey79 says:

    tina’s tumblr is a precious gift (as is she). check out what she said about I Can Only Imagine, Tuacahn, second night, http://rhiminee.tumblr.com/

  14. TOfan says:

    Well, David finally got his wish to look older, lolol… I don’t know if it’s the fault of the photographer or that buzz cut, but he looks like a grandpa here: 😂🤣😂

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