“I see a lot of young people in the audience. You are so important. You can enact change, and if my music inspires you to do that, then it’s working,” said musician Jordan Benjamin, also known as Grandson, to a sold-out theatre in St. Louis, Missouri, on March 10.
The 25-year-old singer began his “No Apologies” tour in Denver on March 6 after the recent release of his second EP, “A Modern Tragedy Vol. 2.” He has a strong ensemble to back him up on tour: Ramon Blanco on guitar, David Rehmann on drums and Renzo Bravo on keys and bass.
This tour is Grandson’s first headline tour. He and his band opened for Joywave in the summer 2018 and Nothing but Thieves that fall. However, with their massive rise in popularity, Grandson and his band decided to take their own run. The singer’s popularity has skyrocketed in the last six months, jumping from just 200,000 monthly listeners on Spotify to almost 3 million. His Instagram following has more than doubled and he is being featured on alternative radio stations left and right. So far, he has sold out every single one of his Midwest shows, which include performances in Minneapolis, Kansas City, St. Louis and Chicago. And resale tickets for Midwest cities are going for about $100 a piece, significantly higher than their original $15 price tag.
This politically charged rock artist is ripping through the country spreading his message of taking back power from political authorities. One of his main focal points is the idea of treating everybody with love and kindness. He hopes to start a revolution, beginning with his fans.
“I don’t have all the answers, only more questions, but if you are listening, let’s stand up for ourselves against a system that preaches hate and teaches us that we aren’t strong enough to fight back,” he states after his song “Thoughts and Prayers,” which is about accessibility to guns.
Grandson focuses on speaking out about changes he thinks need to be made in the U.S. He and his band are activists who just happen to make really good music. Their song “Bills” speaks on the fact that the poor are constantly taxed and face serious debts while “Overdose” discusses the pharmaceutical industry and “War” analyzes U.S. involvement in wars around the world. The point of his show is to inspire the audience to take charge of their lives.
“The absolute worst thing you can do is nothing,” Benjamin says. “If one person goes out after this show and contacts their congressmen or joins a volunteer group, then everything I’ve done here is serving a purpose and that’s the greatest feeling.”
“It’s crazy that we sold out so many f****** shows,” Benajamin says. “I can’t believe this is real. We are living a dream.”
Photos, in order of appearance, taken by Abigail Wallner, Jonathan Frydman and Parker Anderson.