youbloom hosted its inaugural virtual world tour on February 25-27, 2021. The tours were held in three cities: Calgary and Ottawa in Canada, and Dublin in Ireland and showcased emerging music from around the world. The performing acts were The Blue Dolphins, Ashley Pater, Reid Zakos, and Loss. In addition to the performance, a local youbloom CityRep hosted a Q&A after each show.
The Blue Dolphins are a folk-rock duo from Los Angeles, CA. Their performance highlighted their perfectly harmonized voices with their soothing acoustic sound. Their song “You’re Not Alone” struck a poignant chord, particularly in these pandemic times. Similarly, their stunning execution of last year’s singles, “Invincible” and “Light in Dark Places” really showed off their musical range.
Ashley Pater is a singer songwriter from Vancouver, Canada. She performed an intimate set with just an acoustic guitar. Pater’s sensual velvet tones are often compared to that of Billie Eilish and were expressed beautifully in the performances of her songs, “Honey” and “Without You”. She continued her stunning alt-pop-rock set with “Little Blue” and “Hey You” to a highly receptive audience.
Calgary based electro-pop artist, Reid Zakos performed at the Calgary and Ottawa shows. His music and stage presence captivated the audience, particularly with his wardrobe changes during the set – alternating several different colored jackets between songs. Zakos showed his expert stage presence, even through the challenges of digital shows, performing his enigmatic tunes, “Smoke”, “Falling”, “Neon”, and “Gladiator”.
Loss are a heavy metal rock band from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. They had the opportunity to perform upon the Dublin virtual show. Their passion and drive was hit home by their powerful guitar riffs and energetic, rock-and-roll vibe. They carried a compelling message with their songs, touching on the violence and social unrest dominating our culture. Their set included their song, “The Fear” and tracks from their new EP, “Let’s Go” and “Burn Inside”.
The youbloom Virtual World Tour prides itself upon a wide range of musical styles, connecting musical artists by passion, message and relatability, not just genre. Each performer has their own unique style and sound, yet there is always something that youbloom felt were akin to each other. The three tours were exciting to watch and featured great new music, enthusiastic audience participation, and interesting stories about each artist/band.
Are you an emerging artist interested in gaining new fans all over the world? Do you want to play one of youbloom’s shows? Sign your band up to youbloom here.