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The Seminal Pop-Punk Band Delivers An Incredible Show to South Florida – Review of the Paramore Concert at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL

Photos by: Zachary Gray

This past Wednesday I had the incredible opportunity to witness the one and only, dynamic and electrifying Paramore in concert at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. The event was nothing short of sensational, with an impressive lineup that included the immensely talented Genesis Owusu and the iconic Bloc Party as the opening acts. It was a night filled with energy, passion, and unforgettable music.

Kicking off the evening, Australian musician Genesis Owusu took the stage with an explosion of vibrant energy. Owusu’s unique blend of funk, hip-hop, and soul created an atmosphere that immediately engaged the crowd, and was definitely a little bit different than the two bands that would follow, giving concertgoers a taste of very unique music. His stage presence was captivating, and his live performance brought a refreshing and innovative sound to the Hard Rock Live stage. Genesis Owusu displayed quite a few songs from his upcoming album “Struggler” including the new single Leaving the Light, and his charismatic presence set the perfect tone for the rest of the night while leaving everyone eager for more.

Following Genesis Owusu’s stellar performance, the crowd was buzzing with anticipation for the next act—Bloc Party. As the opening chords of In Situ filled the venue, the excitement escalated and the crowd began to roar with cheering. Bloc Party’s blend of indie rock and post-punk provided a nostalgic and exhilarating experience for fans, and the band’s raw energy was so contagious that they had the entire crowd singing along to their songs. Bloc Party delivered a strong and energetic set consisting of new material from their upcoming album “Alpha Games” and classics like Helicopter and Banquet, leaving no doubt as to why they are regarded as one of the most influential bands of their genre.

Finally, the moment arrived that everyone had been eagerly waiting for—Paramore took the stage amidst a roar of applause and cheers. The band’s lead vocalist, Hayley Williams, burst onto the stage with an infectious joy that immediately connected with the audience. Paramore’s performance was a rollercoaster of emotions, with the setlist mixing their extensive repertoire of hits spanning their illustrious career with songs from their brand new album “This Is Why“. The band showcased their versatility as they seamlessly transitioned from energetic anthems like Thats What You Get and Ain’t It Fun to heartfelt ballads such as The Only Exception and Rose Colored Boy. The crowd was in constant motion, jumping, singing, and surrendering themselves to the contagious energy radiating from the stage.

Hayley Williams’ powerful vocals were flawless throughout the night, effortlessly hitting every high note and pouring her heart and soul into each lyric. The band’s chemistry was palpable, and their tight performance demonstrated their years of experience playing together and their musical prowess. The incorporation of vibrant visuals, dynamic lighting, explosive effects and captivating stage design added another layer of depth to the overall experience. One of the stand out moments of the night was during Misery Business, when a fan named Kiwi was brought onto the stage to sing the chorus to the song along with the band. For an encore, Paramore delivered an emotional rendition of Still Into You, causing an eruption of joy and unity within the crowd, as well as the title song to their latest album This Is Why. The band’s ability to connect with their fans on such a personal level was truly awe-inspiring and created an atmosphere of pure elation.

As the concert drew to a close, the energy in the room remained electric, and the audience was left wanting more. Paramore’s performance at the Hard Rock Live was a testament to their enduring talent and ability to captivate audiences with their infectious blend of pop-punk and emo flavored alternative rock. The Paramore concert at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida was a night to remember, with the exceptional opening acts of Genesis Owusu and Bloc Party. The evening was an incredible journey of diverse musical styles and unforgettable performances. Paramore’s vibrant stage presence, powerful vocals, and undeniable connection with the crowd made for an exhilarating and captivating experience. It was a concert that left an indelible mark on the hearts of all those in attendance.

Gleb Barabanov is South Florida Insider's Vice President, Graphic Designer and Webmaster, as well as a Photographer and Writer covering events all over the world. Originally born in Odessa, Ukraine, Gleb now calls the sunny Florida area home, where he attended Full Sail University and received a Bachelors of Arts in Film Production. Gleb is obsessed with music, cameras, guitars, and his Shiba Inu, Yoshi

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