Before The Band CAMINO kicks off their headline—nearly sold-out—national tour, they stopped in Memphis

Winter seems to be dragging its heels in the 901, and with the Beale Street Music Festival lineup announcement last week, we’ve been caught daydreaming of warm spring & summer music festivals. Thankfully, the Memphis native pop-rock trio The Band CAMINO helped us live out some of that dream by inviting us to a sneak peek of their upcoming spring headline tour.

The Band CAMINO found their start back in 2015 as a cover band consisting of a few students at the University of Memphis. These self-proclaimed ‘kid(s) from Memphis’ quickly moved beyond covers of Kings of Leon, Coldplay, and The Killers. They also moved beyond the university corridor and out into Memphis proper, exhausting every Memphis venue to get their songs in front of fans. During their set Friday night, they reminisced about some of their first performances at beloved local haunts Otherlands Coffee and Hi Tone, giving a heartfelt thank you to Memphis fans who’ve rallied behind them for the past six years. We can’t help but think the unique culture found in Memphis was formative in them becoming the rising stars they are today. 

Having recently wrapped a tour as the opening act for Dan + Shay, The Band CAMINO have been cutting their teeth warming up crowds in venues from Madison Square Garden to Staples Center. Friday night’s show at the Orpheum—attended by fans, friends, and family—felt intimate and exhilarating while clearly displaying the energy and passion they bring to their music. The sold-out show put 2,500 fans up close and personal to an exceptional performance which singer and guitarist, Jeffery Jordan, referred to as a bucket list venue.

Lauded as ‘rock’s next big thing’ by Billboard, that band is increasingly impressive. Their distinctly unique discography flaunts anthemic breakup tracks used to get the crowd on their feet and dancing without a care in the world. Before you’re able to catch your breath, the band effortlessly swings in with softer, earnest ballads that ground everyone back in the present. Their fresh and modern rock sound is tinged with just enough hazy nostalgia to produce some aggressively catchy earworm hits.

Music lovers everywhere rank an artist’s hometown show as a premier entertainment experience—this Orpheum show was no exception. The ever-growing crowd waited with bated breath, anticipating a live performance of the self-titled debut album, which came out late in 2021. The anticipation was quickly fulfilled as the band took the stage with their magnetic melodies accompanied by power riffing guitars, throbbing baselines, and unbeatable drums. The Band CAMINO sounds identical, if not better, on stage than they do on their recorded tracks. The crowd’s energy built as the night went on, and the set’s conclusion resulted in a post-concert-high audience members carried with them into the streets of Memphis.

We may be showing quite a bit of hometown love and pride, but don’t labor under the assumption that The Band CAMINO fans are made up only of us Memphians. With 2.5 million monthly Spotify listeners and more than 330 million global streams to date, The Band CAMINO has more than just Memphis eyes—or should we say ears—on them!

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