The Groote Zaal (major hall) of the Paradiso in Amsterdam is one of the prettiest venues in the Netherlands and likely even in Europe. The building used to be a church and you can still see it everywhere. The capacity of that hall is about 1,500 people. Paradiso is located very centrally, most Amsterdam attractions you think of are in very short walking distance.
Lauren Jenkins started the show right in time at 19:30 hrs. Her fans could vote for songs to be played in each and every city, so that her set list differs between the shows. In Amsterdam, she started with Maker’s Mark and You, followed by Cadillac. Overall, there were six songs, including a second preview to her second album, but also No Saints tracks like Give Up The Ghost and Running Out of Road. Of course, her Bruce Springsteen cover Hungry Heart was included as well. The set was quite exactly 30 minutes.
The intermission to prepare the stage for Brett Eldredge felt comparably long. Compared to the Cologne show, I felt that the Eldredge was much more energetic. The atmospheric venue might have also been a factor for a great show, in which he more or less played a similar set list like in Cologne. Overall, his set was maybe a couple of minutes shorter than in Cologne. There were more party songs at the beginning, so that the crowd was cheering significantly more than in my home town. Though there are so many great songs, I again enjoyed the intimate acoustic set with songs like Raymond most.
Two shows, one favorite: Brett Eldredge and Lauren Jenkins performed very well in both shows and proofed to be a great value for money. I like that Lauren Jenkins is versatile in her setlist and plays a selection of her songs which she (and her fans) feel to be right for that place. The Paradiso, to me the most beautiful indoor venue I know for concerts in Europe, was a lovely setting for her – and she found the right tunes. Just amazing and adorable!
Though there were not too many adjustments in his set, I have to say that I enjoyed Brett Eldredge much more at the Paradiso than in Cologne. He felt more powerful, more enthusiastic – and pushing the people with some more powerful songs right from the beginning also felt to be the right strategy. I absolutely liked what he did in Cologne – but my Amsterdam experience was pure love and a close to perfect performance (during which even his sound and light crew partied). Thank you, Brett!
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