Pop Break Live: Jenny Lewis with Cass McCombs on the ‘Joy’all’ Tour at The Met in Philadelphia, PA on July 20, 2023
Jenny Lewis stopped in at The Met in Philly on July 20th. She is touring in support of her critically acclaimed 5th studio album, Joy’All, released on June 9th. She came floating into Philadelphia on Cloud 9 as it was recently announced she landed her first ever No. 1 song on the Billboard charts with the song “Psychos.” The album came about from all her downtime during the pandemic and it’s one of her most personal records to date.
Singer-songwriter Cass McCombs opened up the night. He and his band performed an eight song set and got a great reception from the crowd. It was a nice start to what turned out to be very memorable night of music at The Met.
Jenny Lewis has a huge fan base in the Tri-State area, due in part to her unique songwriting skills, personality and that voice of hers, but it didn’t hurt that local radio station WXPN has been a staunch supporter of her music over the years, going back to Rilo Kiley and her stint with her supergroup NAF.
Lewis was met with loud screams and applause the moment she stepped out onto the stage, which had a ’70s look about it. She looked as cool as ever in her black and white country tinged jumpsuit, complete with fringe and boots. She was backed by an impressive all female band. Gotta love that her bassist showed her love for her hometown of Philly by wearing a Phillies uniform. The crowd loved it! The band kicked off the show with “Just One of The Guys,” whose video from 2014 is still hilarious to watch!
The setlist was the perfect mix of songs. Lewis played at least five new songs during her set for those fans who could not wait to sing along to her recent stuff but mixed in enough older material to satisfy the fans who wanted to hear the older songs that got them hooked on her music years ago. Some of the songs that stood out were “Red Bull & Hennessy,” “Psychos,” “Puppy and a Truck,” “Late Bloomer,” and “Joy’all” — which had a really cool drumbeat. A few other highlights were on “Little White Dove,” where she really showed off her dance moves, and the epic song “Acid Tongue.”
It’s always a joy when Jenny Lewis plays the Philadelphia area. Her chemistry with the crowd is consistently incredible. It was a really fun show to hear and watch as Lewis danced way more than she normally does and you could tell her and the band were having as much fun up there as the fans who were watching it. It was just another memorable show from one of the most respected singer-songwriters in the business.