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Photos + Review | Orville Peck @ ONCE Ballroom

The mysterious, masked country singer held the audience at ONCE Ballroom in the palm of his hand, enrapturing them with his unmatched crooner’s voice. Orville Peck is a musician that takes the entity of the classic, baritone cowboy song and makes it his own. Orville Peck and his band truly mesmerized the crowd with songs off of his 2019 album Pony released in March. The album recounts heartbreak and a life of roaming under the all encompassing theme of a forlorn cowboy. Though sad at times, the songs are generally uplifting and empowering, with that twinge of something tender, and definitely music to dance to.

Though themes of queerness can go under the radar in his music, Orville Peck has become something of an icon within the queer community, being recently featured on Gay Times as well as the cover of GQ Style. From his unreal, drag-inspired fashion to his impassioned music and performance, Orville Peck is a man that gives everything he has… except his true identity, of course.

The band closed out the show with a single song encore, Hope To Die which Orville Peck told listeners was his favorite off of Pony, while admitting they hardly play it live. Orville Peck’s parting words to the sold out crowd were simply “Yeehaw, everybody. Thank you”

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