Andrew John Hozier-Byrne, known professionally as Hozier, is a musician, singer and songwriter from Ireland who has been internationally recognized since 2014 following the release of his debut single “Take Me to Church”, a song that has been certified multi-platinum in Canada and several other countries.
Hozier graced the stage at Caesars Windsor’s Colosseum on Tuesday August 6 dressed in black, with a large band that included Emily Kohavi (Emily Powell) from Nashville, Tennessee, on guitar, vocals and violin, Cormac Curran from Dublin, Ireland, on keys, vocals, organ, and synths, singer and songwriter Thandii (Jessica Berry) from the UK, Rachel Beauregard and Kristen Rogers from Nashville, Tennessee, on synths, percussion and vocals, Alex Ryan from Ireland on synth vocals and bass, and the backbone of the band Rory Doyle.
They opened with the song “Would That I” followed by “Dinner & Diatribes” and “Nina Cried Power” all from Hozier’s 2019 album Wasteland, Baby!
Hozier greeted the crowd and told the audience that this was his first time in Windsor, Ontario, and later promised to return in the future. He played “To Be Alone” and had the audience engaged and singing along to “Someone New” and “Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene” from the 2014 self-titled album, Hozier.
After a mix of older hits from his signature album and newer songs off the latest album most of the band had left the stage leaving Hozier, and two others, alone on a dark and quiet stage. This set the tone for the somber ballad and title track of the album “Wasteland, Baby!” which received very loud cheers from the crowd.
The band came back out and joined him to play a love song about birds of prey, as strange as that may sound, and a few more tunes before closing the night out with “Movement” from Wasteland, Baby! And “Take Me to Church”, the song everybody in the Colosseum was waiting for.
The audience gave Hozier and his band a standing ovation, and then Hozier returned to the stage for an encore. He said, “Thank you so much it has been an absolute joy tonight. Thank you so much for making my very first time in Windsor so very, very special.”
He played the song “Cherry Wine” with a little help from his fans, and then thanked them and called his band back on stage to introduce them. He thanked his crew and The Oh Chays for opening the show and then went into a final encore, “Work Song”, a fan favourite and the perfect song to end the night.
For more information about Hozier visit https://hozier.com
The show opened with a performance by husband and wife duo, Kelly and Michael Authier, appropriately and phonetically called The Oh Chays, who brought their folk-soul-roots music and powerful vocals to Caesars’ Colosseum all the way from Port Alma, Ontario, for this very special occasion. Now based in Windsor-Essex, the couple was surprised by receiving an email from “Hozier’s people” asking them to open the show. “Dreams do come true,” Kelly told the audience.
The Oh Chays played a set of bluesy original music including a new one called “Not Too Old,” to be released on their upcoming EP. “I feel like that,” joked Kelly. “We look amazing but we’re like a thousand years old. So this song is about not giving up on your dreams.”
Kelly thanked the audience for listening to their originals and closed with a familiar cover song for the crowd to enjoy. “This one you probably have heard,” said Kelly. “This is often the song that I perform, it’s one of my favourite songs to do, I just like the good message songs. We’ll see you again very soon.” Then the duo began performing Michael Jackson’s “Man in The Mirror” to an approving crowd that cheered and sang along.
For more about The Oh Chays visit https://www.facebook.com/The-Oh-Chays-1375707836040427/
Caesars Windsor is home to The Colosseum, an edge-of-your-seat entertainment venue that seats 5,000 and hosts world class performers across all genres of music, dance, comedy and more.
Upcoming events at Caesars Windsor include Wayne Newton on August 15, Moist and Big Sugar on September 5, Daughtry on October 24, Walk Off The Earth on November 7, City and Colour on November 20, and many, many more.
For more information visit https://www.caesars.com/caesars-windsor
Article and Photos by Kevin Blondin
Kevin Blondin is an aspiring photographer studying public relations at the St. Clair College Mediaplex. He is dedicated to promoting artists, entertainment and events in the Windsor-Detroit area. Kevin has recently launched Sound & City Photography which can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.