When Homesafe announced their first full US tour I immediately bought my ticket because I’d been waiting since 2015 to see them live. There was no way that I wouldn’t be at their first Portland show, especially when Life Lessons, Chase Huglin and Glacier Veins were also on the bill for the night. Unfortunately, things don’t always work out as expected, so I attended the show in a much different way.
I had back surgery at the end of December to straighten out my spine, and I assumed I’d be well enough to attend the Homesafe show safely a few weeks later. Instead, I was readmitted to the hospital at my follow-up appointment and had three more surgeries due to a rare infection in my incision. Every time my doctor told me that I’d have to stay longer I was only upset because I didn’t want to miss this show. The third surgery was the same day as Homesafe’s Portland date of tour, so I knew that attending the show was out of the question. What I didn’t know was that my doctor had formed a small team with other hospital staff members to bring Homesafe and Chase Huglin to visit me before the show.
My doctor came into my room and basically said that she found some people that I may know out in the hallway, so then, much to my surprise, Homesafe and Chase Huglin came strolling into my room to hang out before they had to get to the Analog to load in for the show. Their visit greatly brightened my week and reminded me how lucky I am to be a part of the most supportive and caring part of the music scene. It was the perfect way to take my mind off of the fact that I wouldn’t be at the show, but with technology and the help of my friend and show promoter, Annie Tunnicliffe, I did attend the show by watching a live stream of it on Facebook.
Photo of me, Homesafe and Chase Huglin courtesy of Shriners Hospital
Photo of me and Chase Huglin courtesy of Shriners Hospital
I missed Glacier Veins’ set aside from some Snapchats, but I learned that drummer Jonah Lance was too sick to play anything beyond their three unrecorded songs, so Tyler Groce of In My Head (formerly Rosy Cheeks) filled in for the rest of their set which was the entirety of their Clear Your Head EP. It was probably a fantastic set considering I’ve seen them so many times that I promoted Glacier Veins to the nurse who woke me up in the recovery room the same day as the show. I heard that the band added onto one of their newer songs, “Headspace Campout,” so I look forward to hearing that the next time I get to see them.
Photo of Joshen Bonifacio of Glacier Veins taken by Andrew Le
I’m not sure how far into Chase Huglin’s set the live stream began, but I loved getting to hear songs from You Deserve An Island live after his record landed in the top ten of my 2016 EOTY list. It was cool hearing the acoustic guitar version of some of the songs because he played an electric for some of the recordings. He played my favorite song, “Niagara,” which was formerly referred to as ‘the song about a candy bar.’ During our visit we were talking about that song and how long it took me to realize that he sings about Ball State University, not Boston University, and I discovered that I’m not the only one who’s been singing the wrong words. He steps away from the mic during that line and the crowd clearly yells Boston. When seeing Chase Huglin live, you can definitely count on some extremely cheesy jokes inbetween songs. He has a strong enough stage presence to fill any sized room he plays, and I’m excited to watch him continue to grow this year.
Photo of Chase Huglin taken by Andrew Le
Annie had to move the location of her laptop for the rest of the stream, so I got to watch the rest of the show from the top of a light fixture above the bar. At this point the sound quality was pretty terrible because a laptop’s microphone can only handle so much, and Life Lessons and Homesafe rock quite loudly, but nevertheless I was able to make out what songs were being played. I saw Life Lessons just a few months ago, and their live performance is still definitely as great as I remember. They powered through their set which kept the room energized, and definitely got everyone warmed up for Homesafe’s set.
Photo of Life Lessons taken by Andrew Le
The streaming quality got even worse during Homesafe’s set, but I got to hear songs from each of their releases, so now I’m even more pumped for whenever it is that I finally get to officially see them live. They put on such a lively performance, and I loved to see people yelling along to songs from their latest release, Evermore. Even though I watched the show from my hospital bed, I really felt like I was there which so easily makes up for the fact that I couldn’t physically be there. Annie’s laptop died halfway through “Float Away,” but the fact that I got to see any of the show at all really made my day.
Photo of Homesafe taken by Andrew Le
After being in the hospital for a week, it’s easy to lose touch with what’s going on outside the hospital walls, but being able to virtually attend my first show of 2017 reminded me how much I have to look forward to when I am healthy enough to go home which should hopefully be this weekend!
Thank you again to Homesafe, Chase, Annie, Shriners Hospital, my mom and everyone else who made sure I didn’t miss out on the day I had been looking forward to for so long. It means the world to me.