I was lucky enough to get to see Grandson perform at the Grog Shop in Cleveland, OH on March 13th. The show was sold out, as were many others on his tour. After being a fan of his music for a while, I was looking forward to hearing the songs live.

I arrived at the Grog Shop with an “X” under each eye. The XX is the symbol that Grandson has given to his fans, the grandkids. He said, in a Facebook post,

“To me they (XX) represent the disillusionment of the grandkids, an awakening through letting go of what you might have been taught about happily ever after, about justice, about the idea that society works itself out and regulates around a binding right and wrong in the planet we are inheriting.”

His music is as politically charged as he is, and he never feels the need to apologize for it, hence the name of the tour, ‘No Apologies’. Grandson put on an amazing show. The energy exuding off of him was incredible. Between every few songs, he would speak about how the state of the world we live in is. He said his songs brought a lot of questions, but no answers and implored us to go out and find them. Aside from his uplifting message that there is hope in the world and that it is in the people around us, his performance was amazing. Every word was sung with purpose and emotion.

There were a few standout moments of the night. One was when he sang ‘Thoughts and Prayers’. As he introduced the song, I felt my eyes well up with tears. I remember listening to it when it came out last March. I was on my way to Washington D.C. to participate in the Parkland students’ March For Our Lives. It meant so much to me then and still does today. Another great moment was when he was singing his last and most popular song, ‘Blood//Water’. About halfway through, he hopped off the stage and the crowd formed a circle, which then turned into a mosh pit for the remainder of the show.

Grandson is using his platform and his voice to ask the questions that need to be asked. He uses his music as a weapon to wage war against those who choose hate and power over love and equal rights for all. Music has power and Grandson proves this every time he gets on stage.

Grandson’s message is one of hope. We have the power within ourselves to make the world a better place. That is what he wants his music to do, create a better world.