Jon Bellion concert brings themes of self-acceptance and love to the fore

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 7:06pm

The eagerness and excitement was palpable on Monday as the crowd stood outside of The Fillmore Detroit before doors opened. Old fans, self-proclaimed experts in everything Jon Bellion, newer Jon Bellion listeners and people from all ages were waiting in line. The lights of the Comerica Park lit up the sky in various shades of green, purple and blue, and the monotonous pitter-patter of the rain provided background noise. Concertgoers could be seen using their jackets and umbrellas to cover themselves from the rain, as they listened to Jon Bellion on their phones and talked about making their way to the front of the crowd to have a better look at the singer.

Once inside the beautiful architecture and style of the theatre could be admired. Beautiful chandeliers adorned the ceiling, ornate details filled the walls and red carpet clothed the floors in a very Renaissance Revival style. The dichotomy between the tap beer, electropop music, rowdy teenagers and beautiful architecture was a sight in itself.

Despite the architecture however, concert goers were getting antsy for the music to start. The openers Blaque Keyz and Travis Mendes managed to entertain the crowd for an hour with their own set lists, including songs like “Déjà vu” by Blaque Keyz and “Dead Presidents” by Travis Mendes. Hands were raised and heads were bumping to the rhythm of the music, but impatient comments about wanting Jon Bellion to come out on stage could also be heard.

Finally, after two and a half hours of waiting, the crowd lit up when Jon Bellion came on stage with his wonderful live interpretation of “He is the Same,” the first song on his latest album The Human Condition.

While magic started happening on stage, the people on the floor became more territorial. Everyone was pushing up against each other, and the few attempts from people in the back to get closer to the singer were immediately shot down with the use of elbows, strong hands and shoulders.

During the rest of the concert, even if the crowd’s roughness didn’t subside, the singer interpreted his hit songs “All Time Low,” “80’s Films,” “New York Soul, Pt. II” and “Maybe IDK.” The latter was the most touching, where the singer took a moment to talk to the crowd about the current racial and socioeconomic divide in our country. He urged the crowd to bridge those barriers and think of themselves as a family united under a single roof, a single government, a single belief in freedom and justice.

Jon's album The Human Condition has an overarching theme of self-acceptance, love and the quest to figure out one’s place in the world. This concert was the perfect representation of every theme in that album. Jon Bellion exceeded expectations of artistry and music on that night.

The Human Condition Part III Tour by Jon Bellion and his band promised to give faithful fans and connoisseurs, as well as amateur Jon Bellion listeners, a taste of Jon’s latest album. Jon’s unique sound ––  a mix between alternative rock, electronic dance music and pop ––  filled every corner of The Fillmore. His theme of humility and acceptance went beyond that and filled the hearts and minds of every person who was present that night.