“No pictures or recordings on your phones, Ladies. Mr. White requests it,” is what we were told upon entering nTelos Pavilion in Charlottesville on September 27. It was the perfect evening for an outdoor concert, the perfect setting for Jack White, and his style of alternative rock, to perform in. The air was warm and the sky was clear until the concert was over.
The audience proves Jack White’s success as a solo artist. He is best known for being the pianist, guitarist and vocalist in The White Stripes as well as the guitarist and vocalist for The Raconteurs and drummer for The Dead Weather.
However, he was quite the following of his own. People of all ages were in attendance at this concert. The majority of the attendants were middle aged, but there was an abundance of adolescents, young adults and some elderly adults as well.
The crowd was very responsive. There was dancing, head-bobbing, singing and clapping all around the pavilion. White got a swell of applause after each of his songs, especially the well-known tunes that he played from his days in former groups.
University of Virginia first year, Carly Buckholz said, “After waiting seven years to see Jack White again, he did not disappoint. He played a good range of music that was wide enough to represent how he’s changed through the years. I was especially excited to hear him play The Raconteurs. The energy was insane—he has an incredible way of capturing the crowd. It was such a great night.”
His encore was the most powerful. The audience hollered every time he showed his talent on both the guitar and keyboard, but the ending was a clear favorite. White ended with Goodnight Irene and paused for the audience to sing along with the last chorus. Then he sang his last line a cappella before leaving the blue-lit stage. After which, the audience went wild because that was the “last song that we would share together” of the evening.