I felt lucky to be in a crowd-filled Fortune Sound Club on a Thursday night, something I haven’t experienced since early 2020. As the lights dimmed, and the anticipatory music began to build, the crowd pushed forward, breaking out in applause, waiting for Luke Wild to take to the stage.
As the duo stepped out, complete with frosted tips and a bedazzled baseball hat, they took a moment to exchange smiles and a handshake, and on they went. It felt easy to get to know Luke Wild throughout the night, sharing anecdotes to introduce each song. Before ‘Pack A Punch’, he shared “this is a song about a girl who was real to me”, which personally got me curious and had me listening closer.
From the moment he took the mic until the end of his set, you could tell he was happy to be there, a grin sneaking across his face between lyrics. This energy was contagious, spreading throughout the crowd, many of which likely didn’t know who the opener was before they arrived at the show.
He picked up on the crowd’s enthusiasm, taking the opportunity to teach the crowd the chorus to his last song of the set, with the crowd singing back, “why you gotta treat me like that” right on cue. The crowd may not have known every line to every song, but he had their attention, the whole floor facing forward for his whole set.
His first time to Vancouver, coming all the way from South Florida, which he acknowledged by sharing, “we’ve come a long way”. You could tell he was happy to be here, yelling “CANADA” numerous times throughout the evening, again a wide grin across his face…
Luke Wild, we’re happy to have you here, come back soon.