The line wrapped around the corner in the east village to get into Wooly’s for the Andy Mineo “Uncomfortable” Tour Concert. As we entered the doors, we were greeted by the pre-show sounds of DJ Efechto getting the crowd pumped up for the upcoming performances. A large crowd quickly gathered towards the stage and dancing erupted sporadically in the crowd even before one of the official acts came onto the stage.
The beginning of Andy’s performance was preceded by “David’s Roof”, an instrumental on the new album. Andy started with his album and tour title track, “Uncomfortable”. The song started with Wooly’s lit up by a projection screen on the stage and darkness in the crowd. The song starts to hit and there Andy is, standing on top of a large cube on stage 10 feet in the air. This set the expectation of a high energy show and Andy didn’t disappoint. With songs from his “Never Land” and “Heroes for Sale” albums mixed in with most of the songs of his new album, many favorites were played and new and old fans were able to hear songs that they wanted to. Andy made a tribute his older sister, Grace, who is deaf before performing his song, “Hear My Heart”. Andy told the crowd how he was ashamed that he had not learned sign language earlier in order to connect more with Grace. In “Hear My Heart” he says, “My big sister Grace, I’m sorry I never learned to sign. And even though you were born deaf, I pray you forgive me for the years I lived blind.” Andy’s set ended with a song off of the “Uncomfortable” album called, “Love”.
After an uproar from the crowd, Andy came out with a high energy encore of his song “You Can’t Stop Me” off of the 2014 album, “Never Land”. In true Andy Mineo fashion, the rest of the performers from the night came back on stage with Andy, toting smoke guns and a fun breakdown of songs from multiple artists and entertainment was had all around.
The Uncomfortable tour featured artists Spz Rkt a.k.a Spazzy Rocket, a Georgia based Rapper/Singer and Propaganda, a Christian Rapper and Spoken Word artist from L.A. Spz Rkt opened for Andy with his smooth and soft singing. Propaganda did a mix of his musical performances and Spoken Word poetry and then continued throughout the night with multiple Spoken Word performances.
Time was taken out for Mineo’s wife, Christina, to talk about the organization that the Uncomfortable tour paired with, World Vision. Christina explained about the mission of World Vision to help children around the world who do not have the resources they need to have clean water, food, shelter, clothing and an education. She invited all of the concert-goers to come back to the World Vision booth and to seriously consider signing up to sponsor a child for only $39 per month. For more information on the World Vision organization, check out, www.worldvision.org
Overall, the positive and energetic atmosphere of the show was overwhelming. Humble Hip Hop artists bringing important messages to a crowd of people that may not hear it from other conventional Christian artists was inspiring. Andy did not disappoint fans that are used to his amped-up energy and personality that was played out perfectly through humor in between acts and songs and an incredible graphics show on a 10 foot screen that Andy rapped on top of. Andy continues to amaze with quality music with a purpose.