Thursday, September 16th on a dark, dreary and rain ridden night I stood beneath the awning of the Theater of the Living Arts (TLA), in Philadelphia. People rushed by with umbrellas some make shift, others the real deal, while others preferred trying to run between the rain drops. All of them were oblivious to the fact that I was waiting to see a concert. Ed Kowalczyk formerly of the band Live was on his first stop of his U.S. tour, and I was going to be first in line to see the show. Standing beside me, unbothered by the rain, the busy street, or the cracks of lightning was my brother. This event, his birthday gift to me, and it turned out to be a memorable one.In the course of just waiting for the doors of the TLA to open, we met “Evil,” Pierre, a man who acquired his name by looking rather similar to Philly radio station WMMR’s Pierre Robert. I did an interview with a man who won a contest run by Sears about clothes, which hopefully will end up being cut, and never shown to the world.Finally, the doors opened, we were right up against the barricade and the first opener bounded onto the stage. This band was Miggs, and they entertained for a bit before abandoning the stage for Thriving Ivory. Thriving Ivory was promoting their recently released album, “Through Yourself and Back Again,” and not only did they do new tracks, and a few old ones, they included the crowd by having a young girl come up on stage and bang a drum during one of their songs.However, the real wave of enthusiasm began when the members of Ed Kowalczyk’s band took over the stage. The screams, hoots and hollers only got louder once the man himself walked into view. Not only did he show up, he showed up in a jacket, very debonair, though short lived seeing how he eventually sweated himself out of it. There was good reason for his wardrobe change; Kowalczyk is so full of energy that not even the crowd seemed to be able to get enough. He was jumping, dancing, yelling, grabbing hands, interacting with this band, and even taking the time to slow it down and talk.Kowalczyk explained about his recent team up with World Vision, an organization that makes it possible for children to have clean water. Kowalczyk urged his fans to stop by the World Vision booth at the end of the concert to sponsor a child. At the end of the show there were people at the World Vision booth getting information, not only because it was a good cause, but because Kowalczyk didn’t preach about it, so much as talk to us about it.Kowalczyk’s new album, “Alive,” came out in July, this is his first release as a solo artist. He performed his first single from the album, “Grace,” and of course the crowd already seemed to know all the words. He did not disappoint his long time fans, he played plenty of songs from his former Live albums, but also took the time to introduce and promote his solo work.The best thing about Kowalczyk was his demeanor, not to say he isn’t an amazing singer, but it was his attitude toward the audience, and his band that made all of the performances so memorable. He made himself available to his fans, he was human, and he ended the night making all of us believe we all could dance with him.