Briston Maroney ends tour at The Basement East, Nashville

Briston Maroney gave an epic performance at his second-to-last show of his Sunflower Tour at The Basement East in Nashville, Tennessee.

What better way to wrap up a tour than two back-to-back sold-out hometown shows?

The night started with Mercury, who are Nashville natives, and Jackie Hayes. Both openers got the crowd warmed up for a night of ground-shaking jumps and raised hands. After the two openers, venue speakers played Canned Heat’s “Going Up The Country” as the lights dimmed before Briston and his band’s entrance. The stage, adorned with sunflowers, in reference to the name of the tour, glowed in warm light.

Briston started off his headlining set with “Small Talk” from his 2019 EP, Indiana. He gave the fans exactly what they wanted, playing both his older tunes and ones off his recent 2021 album. The fans were sure to show their love for the musician as they made the ground shake from jumping and dancing. There was even a brief crowd-surfing moment by one fan, which was not a first for a Briston Maroney show!

Briston recognized many fellow musicians in the crowd — that’s Music City for ya! In this smaller, packed-in venue, he told the crowd he recognized multiple musicians and even called some out by name. Not every city’s venues bring in more musicians in the crowd than the ones on the stage. Music played all the way until midnight and the energy of both the crowd and band never waivered. 

Photography by Stephanie Swart

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