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NEEDTOBREATHE took Raleigh’s breath away with a joyful show

By Gus Samarco, Rock At Night Raleigh Correspondent

Venue: Red Hat Amphitheatre, Raleigh, North Carolina–August 17, 2016

What’s up, dear rock’n’roll brothers and sisters?

So I found myself out there in one of “those assignments” where I had no idea what to expect, so, I was thinking “Please don’t fail me now, dear editor.”

While I waited to be escorted to the pit, I poked around the internet using my cell phone and learned that NEEDTOBREATHE, is in fact a Christian rock band. Why is that even important?  Well, I grew up as a Christian kid in the 80’s and 90’s, in the country of Brazil that still believed rock was the devil’s music (seriously!).  I learned later that I had to be a difference maker if I wanted to keep listening to the music I loved. I imagine the artists then had to hustle to keep playing, so mad respect there. Yup, I listen to the NewsBoys.

I started getting impressed when I stepped into the pit. There were speakers taking up about 70 percent of the pit. I knew it was going to get loud! The show started with some cool videos on the big screen and a bit later the band emerged from the shadows, with a ton ofl the energy, playing “Great Night”. I knew I was going to have a good time—and indeed I did! Next came “Feet, Don’t Fail Me Now” which totally reminded me that I’m Brazilian. With all the groove NEEDTOBREATHE had in stock, they threw this song at us. I looked behind me and everyone younger than 30 was dancing like crazy. I know, I was.

With “Difference Maker” NEEDTOBREATHE took our breath away. I’m glad I took a bunch of pictures during the first two songs. I actually found myself hypnotized by the intensity of this song. The band could have repeated it 5 times and everybody would remain still, captivated by the music, and mesmerized by the amazing lyrics.

I was a bummed to have to leave the pit after the third song was over (the common “rule” for photographers). Well, I actually went back into the Amphitheater for some more! The music was that good!

Okay, at this point, I was officially off the clock, but let me tell you about the song “Happiness”. I was a bit skeptical when Bear told us the bus with the choir didn’t make it, they only had a few singers, and needed our help. There was a small possibility he might have been luring us into sing really hard for them… Whatever, it worked, the crowd really became one with the band to perform “Happiness”.  I could almost see the music filling the air, I confess, Happiness truly made me feel happy 🙂

See Rock At Night’s review of  HARD LOVE



Great Night


Difference Maker

Money & Fame




Oh Carolina (Acoustic)




Mountain Part 1

Hard Love


Be Here Long


Photo Gallery



You’ll have plenty of opportunities to see them between now and Mid-November:


Aug 18    Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre-Charlotte, NC

Aug 19    Volvo Car Stadium- Charleston, SC

Aug 20    Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park-Alpharetta, GA

Aug 22    Wolf Trap-Vienna, VA

Aug 23    Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion-Gilford, NH

Aug 25    Columbus Commons-Columbus, OH

Aug 26    PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center-Cincinnati, OH

Aug 27    Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park-Indianapolis, IN

Aug 28    Meadow Brook-Rochester Hills, MI

Aug 31    Ogren Park at Allegiance Field-Missoula, MT

Sep 01    Marymoor Park-Redmond, WA

Sep 02    Oregon Zoo Amphitheater-Portland, OR

Sep 03    Les Schwab Amphitheater-Bend, OR

Sep 06    Idaho Botanical Garden-Boise, ID

Sep 08    City National Civic-San Jose, CA

Sep 09    Vina Robles Amphitheatre-Paso Robles, CA

Sep 10    Greek Theatre-Los Angeles, CA

Sep 11    Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre-San Diego, CA

Sep 13    Red Butte Garden-Salt Lake City, UT

Sep 15    Red Rocks Amphitheatre-Morrison, CO

Sep 16    Stir Cove at Harrah’s Casino-Council Bluffs, IA

Sep 17    Starlight Theatre-Kansas City, MO

Sep 18    Landers Center-Southaven, MS

Sep 20    The Shreveport Municipal Auditorium-Shreveport, LA

Sep 22    Tuscaloosa Amphitheater-Tuscaloosa, AL

Sep 23    Ascend AmphitheaterNashville, TN

Sep 24    Sweetland Amphitheatre at Boyd Park-Lagrange, GA

Sep 25    Knoxville Coliseum-Knoxville, TN

Oct 12    USF Sun Dome-Tampa, FL

Oct 13    St. Augustine Ampitheatre-St Augustine, FL

Oct 14    Pompano Beach Amphitheatre-Pompano Beach, FL

Oct 15    Hard Rock Live-Orlando, FL

Oct 17    Saenger Theatre-New Orleans, LA

Oct 18    Revention Music Center-Houston, TX

Oct 20    United Supermarkets Arena-Lubbock, TX

Oct 21    Taylor County Expo Center-Abilene, TX

Oct 22    Verizon Theatre-Grand Prairie, TX

Oct 23    Skyline Theater at the Long Center-Austin, TX

Oct 25    Criterion Theater-Oklahoma City, OK

Oct 27    Roy Wilkins AuditoriumS-aint Paul, MN

Oct 28    Veterans Memorial Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center-Madison, WI

Oct 29    Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University-St Louis, MO

Oct 30    Aragon Ballroom-Chicago, IL

Nov 02    Beacon Theatre-New York, NY

Nov 04    Agganis Arena-Boston, MA

Nov 05    Electric Factory-Philadelphia, PA

Nov 06    Big Sandy Superstore Arena-Huntington, WV

Nov 07    DeltaPlex-Grand Rapids, MI

Nov 09    Rupp Arena at Lexington Center-Lexington, KY

Nov 10    Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium-Chattanooga, TN

Nov 11    Bon Secours Wellness Arena-Greenville, SC

Nov 12    Liberty University Vines Center-Lynchburg, VA







Gus Samarco
About Gus Samarco (39 Articles)
Raleigh Correspondent Gus was Born and raised in Brasilia, Brazil but have been living in Raleigh, NC since 2000. Headshot Photographer under Peter Hurley, Gus started shooting concerts in mid 2014 and felt in love with it and hasn’t stopped since. Gus is a very active fiction book reader and when he’s not working, taking pictures or sleeping, Gus loves riding his Mountain Bike and can also be found shooting (guns and cameras) USPS and 3Gun matches. His favorite bands are Metallica, Pearl Jam, Whitesnake, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Pantera, RATM, Beastie Boys and it goes from there. Gus also enjoy listening to EDM, Jazz, Classic and pretty much anything that has good music quality, not to mention his favorite Local Band, Jack the Radio
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