By: David Lopez de Arenosa

If you have yet to experience a show at the new and improved North Park Theatre then Monday night was your chance to see the venue in all its glory. Seattle indie folksters The Head and the Heart played a soul warming sold-out show that showcased the amazing intimacy and pristine quality of the top tier concert venue.

With a newly designed open floor plan to accommodate up to 1,100 people, the theatre has the ability to host large national touring acts whilst retaining the closeness of a Casbah show. And they spared no expense in decking out the room with a high-end sound system to please even the snobbiest of audiophiles. And to top it off, the venue is connected to the well-loved West Coast Tavern so you can grab food and drinks between sets. So it’s no surprise that they have been consistently selling out awesome shows since they reopened their doors this year.

The Head and the Heart was no exception, with their sweet folksy tunes and high-energy stage presence. They had the amazing ability to go from all out sing-along to soft whispering vocals and guitar, with every dynamic in between. And the goofy stage banter had the whole crowd chuckling as well. Lead singer Josiah Johnson and guitarist/backing vocalist Jonathan Russell were full of passion in every song they played, and combined with violinist/ backing vocalist Charity Rose Thielen, their heartfelt vocal harmonies wooed the crowd to no end. A powerful performance overall, and a great new space to enjoy the music in.