Canadian pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen is stopping in Baltimore on her Gimme Love Tour at the Baltimore Soundstage on Sunday, March 20th. This tour is supporting her new record, E•MO•TION, released in June 2015. The tour began shortly after Carly performed the role of Frenchy on Fox’s Grease: Live!
Supporting Carly on tour is Los Angeles based alternative folk pop band Fairground Saints. The members are Elijah Edwards (vocals, guitar, mandolin, keyboards, Dobro, accordion), Mason Van Valin (vocals, guitar), and Meghan McAllister (vocals, guitar, dulcimer). Their self-titled album released in August 2015 was produced by Matthew Wilder, who has worked with artists like No Doubt and Christina Aguilera.
I got to chat with the band on the phone before their show in Salt Lake City earlier this month, and they are super excited to play for Baltimore, as they are for all of the cities they perform in. “I really like meeting people from different atmospheres and from different parts of the country [and] to be able to see different parts of the country, the traveling aspect is probably my favorite [part of touring],” said Meghan.
All three members describe themselves as “foodies” and are very excited to try every city’s local specialty before each show. When they asked me what Baltimore’s specialty was, I of course said anything with crab – steamed crabs, crab cake, Maryland crab soup, etc. They are so excited to try Maryland crabs, I cannot even describe their excitement into words.
This trio performs acoustically, which is very different from Carly Rae Jepsen’s pop sound. “[The tour] has been really cool … being able to connect with her fans and be able to see them connect with us. That’s been really exciting, especially since opening up as an acoustic trio for a pop act is a little different and to see them respond so well has been really, really cool and really great to have that kind of welcome,” said Elijah.
If you’re going to the show, Meghan, Mason and Elijah would love to meet you! They will be hanging out at their merch table after their set and would love to interact with anyone at the show to take pictures with you and sign posters and CDs. They say they feel that some concert attendees seem a little intimidated to go say hi, but they promise they are just a bunch of goobers. “It’s a little weird to see people shy away [from us], we are huge nerds. All of us love Zelda and Star Wars. We love to nerd out with people. Come hang out!” said Elijah.
Tickets for March 20th’s show are still on sale and can be purchased here. There are also meet and greet upgrades for Carly Rae Jepsen available for purchase. Doors are at 7pm and the show starts at 7:40pm. See you there!