The band walked out on stage while the house speakers played The Mamas and the Papas’ California Dreaming – “All the leaves are brown/And the sky is gray/I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day.” It symbolized that changes are coming for the seasons and the musicians. Playing their “final Denver show for a long time.” Halleway performed to a nearly sold out crowd at Larimer Lounge. The audience endured a sweltering hot night to see one of their favorite bands one more time.
After seeing The Avett Brothers perform at Red Rocks Amphitheatre Patrick Armould was inspired to create his own music. He started by playing the bass guitar. After others heard his soulful voice, it quickly became obvious that Armould should be a singer. Over the past few years his band Halleway created heartfelt captivating songs that enabled them to play multiple local venues, perform internationally, and open for legendary musicians such as Bob Schneider. Check out a summary of that show by clicking here.
Wednesday’s night show featured songs from Halleway’s 2018 EP Little Man’s World recorded at the Loft Studios in Highlands Ranch, CO. When the title track started, the women around me looked longingly at Armould wearing a brimmed white hat singing, “I gave you my heart/I gave you my soul/But It’s too small/ ‘Cause it’s a little man’s world.” During the song, Jake Patterson stopped playing the keyboards long enough to blow a mean harmonica. During the song Wash, Armould’s voice filled the crowded room with his emotional vocals while Alex Jackson drove the bass line straight through the heart of the melody. The band covered The Lumineers’ Hey Ho perfectly. Patterson joined Riley O’donnel on the drums to recreate the song’s signature pounding rhythm while the crowd sang-a-long loudly to the chorus.
Toward the end of the night, Armould gave a heartfelt thank you to each member of the band. He is finishing his last year of high school while his bandmates are moving on to college. The final song was Found which has received well over 100,000 plays on streaming music services. Everyone in the crowd knew the words. Everyone in the crowd knew all the songs words.
See you at the next show. I’ll be the one in a white brimmed hat blowing a mean harmonica.