The Pillsbury Chapel at Missouri Baptist University housed Crowder and a sold-out crowd as he brought in his American Prodigal 2.0 Tour through St. Louis.
First up was The Young Escape, an energetic foursome of siblings out of Riverside, that tried their best to tried to loosen up the seated crowd. It was the biggest tour for them to date, so definitely a big thanks to them for letting me swing by for some quick portraits.
Continuing the evening was label mate Jimi Cravity, who's pop-oriented songs started to get the crowd on their feet, making the place finally feel more like a concert and less like a theater performance.
The Bearded One took the stage to an enthusiastic crowd that was definitely eager to sing along to his more familiar songs or marvel when he shifted into some deeper folk/country tracks from his latest release.
I've found Crowder to be deceptively harder to shoot than expected during past shows and this one was no different. The larger mic he uses in conjunction with his hat tend to obscure close profile shots as did the mix of instruments and performers around him. While I even left Cravity's set early to retrieve a long-range lens, I found it more successful to sidestep the battle for a close-up shot in exchange for mid-range shots that highlighted the thicker lighting of his performance.