Ed Sheeran - Jobing.com Arena - 8/31/2014
Jeremy Berini Ed Sheeran
When the lights went down, the screams inside Jobing.com Arena were ear-shattering. It wasn't quite the level of Beatlemania, but it still caught me by surprise. Arena shows are known to be big with its lights, sounds, stage setup, etc. Sheeran entered the stage with just his guitar, and it became clear that this wasn't going to be an overly-produced show.
His performances of his better-known songs were straightforward. "Lego House" was intimate and sweet, and the crowd sang along. When he began "Don't," he stretched out the introduction with an ever-growing guitar loop, until he slipped into a rhythmic flow that he couldn't break. Sheeran's rap game is very strong, and he possesses the word flow of pop singers such as Jason Mraz and Karmin. He even snuck an "I like the way you work, girl, no diggity" in the end.
When he performed "One," it was beautiful, and every girl probably felt like he was singing the song directly to them. The crowd swayed and flashed their lights on their phones. "Bloodstream" was intense, and contained a crescendo through the entire song. Sheeran performed a crazed strumming pattern during the song's climax, and the crowd erupted in screams.