The six-member band The Head and the Heart formed in Seattle in 2009, but Thursday’s show at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall was close to home for one. Frontman Jonathan Russell grew up in Orange Park, and his family was among the packed crowd that sang and danced along to the indie-folk tunes that echoed through the hall that night.

The Head and The Heart performing at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Photo: Jenna Yelenosky

North Carolina band Lost in the Trees opened the show with a slow start that gave way to an energetic and upbeat sound. They left the crowd both excited and anxious for The Head and the Heart, an energy that remained as The Head and the Heart opened with “Summertime,” a groovy song off the band’s sophomore album “Let’s Be Still.”

The show was a blend of the more eclectic tracks off this album and the emotional tracks from the band’s self titled first album. Stunning vocals coupled with a mix of instruments had the crowd dancing, singing, and hugging friends to their sides. The show was intimate thanks to the quaint venue and the passionate energy from band members themselves. This was The Head and the Heart’s first time in Jacksonville, and we doubt it will be their last.

Orange Park’s own Jonathan Russell, frontman to the band The Head and The Heart. Photo: Jenna Yelenosky

Written by: Caitlin Cotroneo