Ron Pope Played for a Room Full of Adoring Fans on Thursday Night at The Foundry.
[ Written by Jen Strogatz ]
[ Photography by Jen Strogatz ]
We Get By With A Little Help From Our Friends.
Supporting Ron Pope was the Talented Caroline Spence
Opening for Ron Pope was Caroline Spence, a Nashville-based singer-songwriter who stole our hearts with her powerful lyrics and captivating vocals.
Caroline had a sweet and gentle nature as she spoke to the audience about love, heartbreak and honest lessons that she has learned throughout her life.
Caroline’s shy demeanor seemed to be contrasted by the powerful freakin’ warrior that she’d be transformed into every time she would transition from story telling back into belting out her lyrics while strumming the acoustic guitar that she was accompanied by.
Enter Ron Pope.
After Caroline’s set was finished, Ron Pope and his (larger than expected!) band sauntered onto the stage and the Foundry, the room still a bit cold from the snow outside, was immediately lit up by the excitement that the packed audience could no longer contain. It was then that it became clear to us that Ron Pope has a genuinely dedicated and loyal fan base who seem to have followed him throughout his entire career and personal life.
The crowd cheered and sang along to Pope’s lyrics as he played some songs from his upcoming album, Bone Structure, songs from all of his previous albums, and to really top off the night, an epic cover of Elton John’s ‘Tiny Dancer.’
Ron Pope really engaged with his audience, which I respected about him as a performer greatly, and he told us a few short stories about his life, his upcoming album, and also added in some funny anecdotes in between his songs.
His band was also quite impressive. It included a horns section with the sax and trumpet, keys, drums, bass, violin, and 2 guitars (one of which was Ron Pope himself), not to mention his trumpet player, who just so happened to whip out an accordion mid-show, making him double as the band’s single accordion player!
We Love Girl Power.
Something that I was extremely impressed to see was the number of female musicians that were a part of Ron’s band. Playing on the guitar, the drums, and the violin, were all female musicians, and they were pretty damn badass musicians at that.
After leaving the Foundry that night and reflecting back on the show that I had just seen, I was not only highly impressed by Pope’s showmanship, his genuine nature and the connection with his fans, but I’ve also got to say: The man’s got SWAG.
He is 100% being entered immediately into the Best of IndependentPhilly.com Awards for Best Hair AND Best Beard.
Ron Pope’s new album Bone Structure is out March 6 via Brooklyn Basement Records.