Hey there, Plain White T’s: Fans fill Sunbowl, rock to ‘Rhythm of Love; STGnews Videocast, Photo Gallery

ST. GEORGE – Southern Utah loves the Plain White T’s as evidenced by thousands who showed there was only “1 place 2 be” Thursday night: the Dixie Sunbowl in St. George where the melodic pop-punk band performed from dusk into the crisp starlit night, generously reciprocating their audience’s interest with after-concert meets, greets and photo shoots until every last fan was satisfied. Click the play arrow above.

Before the show began, the line to enter the Sunbowl stretched far down the street as anxious concertgoers waited to enter the Sunbowl. Teens, preteens and tweens wore plain white T-shirts in honor of the band. Ticket holders crowded into the bleacher seats and filled the stadium’s grassy area in anxious anticipation of the Plain White T’s making their appearance.

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A stage was set up for the five-member band on the grass at the east end of the Sunbowl. Fans stretched out on blankets, from as close to the stage as security would allow and stretching far back into the arena. Chairs were also set up on the grass in a VIP seating area. Other fans crowded into the bleachers for a higher-up vantage point of the T’s.

Plain White T's in concert, Dixie Sunbowl, St. George, Utah, April 16, 2015 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
Plain White T’s in concert, Dixie Sunbowl, St. George, Utah, April 16, 2015 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

Vendor booths stayed busy, and a bounce house staged at the back of the Sunbowl occupied the younger members of the crowd, as the stadium filled with buzzing spectators. Pre-concert entertainers warmed up the crowd and then, late but worth the wait, the Plain White T’s themselves took the stage amid screams and cheers.

As the guys settled into their set, playing both crowd favorites and their lesser-known tunes, they beckoned fans closer to the stage. Sure enough, a mob of Plain White T’s enthusiasts quickly formed below them and started dancing.

Once the concert came to what everyone thought was the concert’s close, the band left the stage but gratified the crowd with lead singer, Tom Higgenson, quickly returning for a solo encore of their all time number-one hit song “Hey There Delilah.” The rest of the band joined Higgenson shortly after and the Plain White T’s ended the concert with their 2010 hit song, “Rhythm of Love.” 

The love did have a rhythm that cut both ways that night in the Sunbowl. Unlike many bands that quickly disappear once the show is over, Higgenson invited the crowd to come up and meet with the entire band promising they would stay to sign merchandise and take photos as long as needed … or until they all got kicked out. And stay the Plain White T’s did, until every person left on the field had a chance to meet them. 

Hey there, Plain White T’s, hey there Dixie, thanks for a night much anticipated that proved to be, for many, a night to remember.

St. George News A-List Columnist Ali Hill contributed to this report, videographer Dan Fowlks contributed the videocast.

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