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Rooftop Vibes with The Driver Era

Formerly part of the family band R5,

Photo by Chinaza Ajuonuma

Ross and Rocky Lynch have seamlessly transitioned into their new musical endeavor, captivating audiences worldwide with their infectious sound. With a diverse repertoire of original songs and a magnetic stage presence, The Driver Era has established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.


The duo recently took the stage at The Rooftop at Pier 17 in the heart of New York City, treating their fans to an evening they will never forget. The venue's picturesque setting added an extra layer of magic to the already highly anticipated performance.


As the night unfolded, the Lynch brothers showcased their musical prowess and delivered an electrifying show that had the audience on their feet from start to finish. The evening was filled with memorable moments and surprise guest appearances, exemplifying the tight bond the brothers share both on and off stage.

Photo by Chinaza Ajuonuma

One of the highlights of the night occurred when Riker Lynch, charismatic and full of energy, brought his wife on stage for a scintillating salsa dance to the upbeat track "Malibu." The crowd erupted in applause and cheers as the couple displayed their impressive moves, adding a touch of romance and personal connection to the performance.

Photo by Chinaza Ajuonuma

During the enthralling rendition of "Fantasy," Ross Lynch took the excitement to another level. Stripping off his shirt and drenching himself with a bottle of water, he immersed himself fully in the music. The large screens that were recording the show for those in the back intentionally turned off, allowing the front-row fans to have an exclusive and immersive experience. This deliberate move emphasized the band's commitment to creating an intimate connection with their audience.


Following this exhilarating moment, Ross briefly went backstage for a costume change, leaving the stage to his talented brothers, Rocky and Riker. The duo mesmerized the crowd with an instrumental interlude, showcasing their exceptional musicianship and the unique synergy they bring to The Driver Era.


Throughout the show, Rocky Lynch exuded charm and confidence, capturing the crowd's attention. At one point, he was even given a cowboy hat, adding a touch of playfulness to the performance.

Photo by Chinaza Ajuonuma

The Lynch brothers' strong family ties were evident when, before launching into the R5 cover of "All Night," they decided to Facetime their mother, Stormie Lynch. The entire crowd enthusiastically joined in, sending warm greetings to their beloved matriarch. This heartwarming gesture not only highlighted their close-knit bond but also brought the audience even closer to the Lynch family circle.


The setlist for the night was a perfect blend of their original hits, R5 covers, and surprise treats for the fans. From the infectious energy of "Feel You Now" to the soulful melodies of "Natural" and the crowd-pleasing acoustic rendition of "Can't Do It Without You," the Lynch brothers effortlessly captivated the audience with their musical prowess and infectious stage presence.

Photo by Chinaza Ajuonuma

The evening culminated in an encore featuring the heartfelt "Heart of Mine" and the fan-favorite "A Kiss." Unfortunately, due to time constraints, the band had to cut "Low" from the setlist, but this minor setback didn't dampen the spirits of the crowd, who were already thoroughly enchanted by the incredible performance.


With their boundless talent, electrifying energy, and genuine connection with the audience, this duo left an indelible mark on The Rooftop at Pier 17, ensuring that their performance would be remembered for years to come.


Setlist: Feel You Now, Natural, Summertime Baby (Unreleased), Afterglow, OMG Plz Don't Come Around (Shortened), Like a King, When You Need a Man, Places, Can't Do It Without You (Austin and Ally Theme song, Acoustic), On My Own (from Teen Beach Movie), Nobody Knows, Keep Moving Forward, Fantasy, Heaven Angel, I Got You You Got Me, All Night (R5 cover), Lay Your Head Down (R5 cover), San Francisco, Take Me Away, Malibu / Wild Thoughts (DJ Khaled cover), Preacher Man


Encore:

Heart of Mine

A Kiss


All photos are by Chinaza Ajuonuma

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