SHOW REVIEW // William Beckett at Highline Ballroom in New York, NY
Drawing a close end to his tour with We Are the In Crowd, it seemed as if William Beckett was not running out of steam when he made a stop in New York City. Playing at the sold out Highline Ballroom did not stop Beckett from using his witty charm and jokes on stage to connect with the audience. As soon as the lights dimmed for his opening song “Compromising Me”, the crowd was easily singing along with the Chicago native.
After ending his first song, Beckett joked with the crowd that he was never given a huge introduction like some bands on the tour had received. Announcing that he was going to get a restart for his “epic” introduction, Beckett made a quick exit off the stage. A moment later, blaring through the sound system was the upbeat introduction he was looking for. Once again the crowd went wild as he climbed on stage with a roaring applause.
A few songs into the set, Beckett announced that he would be bringing Cody Carson from the band, Set it Off, to join him on stage. Together they sang a collaboration of modern pop song hits creating catchy melodies along with their cover. Beckett and Carson provided a heart felt performance and the audience at Highline gave a roaring response.
As the night came to an end, Beckett slowed it down with his song, “Just You Wait”. Beckett explained that the song had a strong sentimental meaning to him because he had wrote the song for his little sister. As kids, Beckett explained how he and his sister were bullied a lot and how no one should experience depression or negative thoughts toward themselves. As Beckett began to play, members of the audience began to bring up lights from their lighters or their phones, swaying back and forth in a drastic sing along. William Beckett left such a positive impression in New York City Thursday night. He was able to transform a venue into an acoustic sing along, radiating positive emotions to everyone in the crowd who was willing to listen.
FULL SET LIST:
Cracks in the Ceiling
By Your Side
Mix Cover featuring Cody Carson
Just You Wait
Benny and Joon
Words and Photos by Sarah Park