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Tegan and Sara bring Grand Rapids community together to create safe space

At their final concert of their LY2D tour on Thursday night, Tegan and Sara addressed all that is “weird in the world” and told everyone to be kind and take care of each other.
Tegan and Sara open the show at Frederik Meijer Gardens

Tegan and Sara open the show at Frederik Meijer Gardens /Brittany Devon

Crowd waiting after AOK opener

Crowd waiting after AOK opener /Brittany Devon

Tegan and Sara singing 'Drove Me Wild'

Tegan and Sara singing 'Drove Me Wild' /Brittany Devon

On August 17, 2017, the amphitheater at Frederik Meijer Gardens filled up with fans of all ages. Everyone came together to sing along to the well known lyrics of Tegan and Sara.

The show was opened by AOK, a Grand Rapids duo that features pop electronic music. AOK did a great job of warming up the crowd.

The energy in preparation for the band was electric. As soon as the Canadian pop duo hit the stage, Sara sported a jacket that said “VULVA” four times over on the back. Sara was quick to address this, pairing it with their strong feminist views and talking about all of the “weird going on in the world.”

They quickly talked about the election, other happenings around the world, and said they find it important to use their voice for more than just singing. They did a beautiful job of acknowledging everything without speaking of anything specifically.

Sara made it clear that “everyone is safe here” and to all be kind to one another. This addressed the wide variety of people and ages that came out on Thursday night. Their mission of equality made the crowd only more pumped up. Their message was welcome.

They then talked about the last twenty years that they have been professionally recording together. This was the final show of their 2016 album “Love You to Death.” They spoke of their 2007 indie breakthrough album “The Con,” released ten years ago, as their ‘birth.’

The concert ranged songs from over all of their albums. Everyone in the crowd felt the empowerment these women shared. Transitioning from their pop to indie songs and back with ease, paired with witty sisterly banter in between, the crowd was roaring.

The concert was a great time for all. Large and colorful T & S balloons lined the stage in front of the band. They were just wrapping up the show with their hit single ‘Boyfriend’ from their latest album “LY2D” as the rain hit. Asking if it was safe to play another, they closed the show three songs early due to rain with ‘Closer’ from 2013 album “Heartthrob.”

The amphitheater fled out fast due to the hard rainfall, all with whispers of how everyone felt this was the first time they truly felt safe and could let go all year.

Inspiring many for the second time this year, Tegan and Sara brought their “Love You to Death” tour to Grand Rapids for the first time at Calvin College in October 2016.

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