Music | Story by Ian Caramanzana

Mayer Hawthorne ‘Gets to Know’ His Fans

Life Is Beautiful after party at Fremont Country Club, Oct. 25

“I know we’re right in the middle of my set,” said Mayer Hawthorne in a spoken interlude during “Get to Know You.” “We don’t know each other very well yet, but I can’t help but feel like there’s something special between us.” These words expressed the mood of Hawtorne’s intimate performance during the second of two official Life Is Beautiful after shows.

The Michigan native provided fans with nearly an hour of soul and R&B, taking cues from influences such as Hall & Oates and Lionel Richie. (In fact, Hawthorne made about a dozen references to the fellow LIB performer’s discography).

Hawthorne’s falsetto sounded especially great during “No Strings” and “Back Seat Lover,” and an energetic band offered choreographed dance moves and back-up vocals, all while remaining tight. Hawthorne handed the microphone to fans during “The Walk,” and he smiled—exposing his new diamond-encrusted grill as their voices permeated the room.

“Haircut’s” grill wasn’t the only thing that shined that night. Las Vegas’ Sabriel opened the show with a dazzling seven-song set that showed the 19-year-old singer’s promise and potential.

With two exceptional performances, the show was a great end to day two of the festival and it reminded fans to watch both of their performances the next day.

Wine Glass Woman
Back Seat Lover
Reach Out Richard
Designer Drug
Poison (Bell Biv DeVoe cover)
No Strings
Allie Jones
Get to Know You
Do It
You’re Not Ready
The Walk
The Stars Are Ours
The Ills

Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out