Finally!! I finally saw Vacationer live! AMAZING!!! It has been an uphill battle between me and this band for almost a year now! When I heard their first single "Gone" in 2011, i totally fell in love with the chilled out beach sound Vacationer has so eloquently perfected. I then immediately booked them for my SXSW showcase in 2012. I was so excited to have them be a part of my event, but shit happens and the band got held up, making them late for load in at my venue, and alas were unable to play because of time issues. As my british friends would say, I was gutted!
For close to a year now I have been trying to make it to a Vacationer show, but I have been unsuccessful in completing this task.....until now! The Fillmore is an amazing venue - where the sound is pristine and the drinks are expensive - there's not a bad seat in the house. Kenny Vasoli's vocals are smooth, honestly his voice is like an angel, clear and bright...and the kid can get down! You could really tell he was having a blast on that stage....he loves what he does. The rest of the band was equally as brilliant, I was pretty much mesmerized the whole set. I was harassed a bit by security - there is absolutely no taking video, even with your phone! The set was perfect - Vacationer played the hits like "Trip" and "Gone" and then a few of my personal favorites "Everyone Knows" and "Dreamlike."
Vacationer was a massive success with a solid performance that met every expectation I had! It's amazing how a band from Philadelphia can sound so much like the beach. They only have a few select shows scheduled for the rest of the year, so we'll all have to see what's in store for them in 2013. One thing I can say is that I will not be missing another Vacationer show in my town again!