This was a day where we lived and loved. Sang and danced. Laughed and cried. Sweat and chills. Rock and roll.
My new love.
So good. So talented. It was so inspiring that the "small band" opening on the side stage would give off so much energy and genuine enthusiasm. I mean, the drummer did a back flip and the lead singer played a song dedicated to his mother on the ukulele. It's so adorable it hurts. They were so amazing that they were one of my top two favorites of the day. Definitely a group that I hope to see in concert again soon. Plus they are totally from my hometown back in the midwest, which automatically makes them that much cooler.
I came in feeling pretty eh about their music but their energy was fantastic. The lead singer was a crazy dancer and had amazing chemistry with the crowd. From crowd surfing to somehow staring into all of our souls with his smoldering eyes it was quite a captivating performance.
Not quite as up close and personal as the previous two acts but still a solid performance with an amazing trumpet player and just overall great music. They did a cover of Stayin Alive too, and of course Safe and Sound sent a wave of excitement through the crowd.
This is when things get weird. So they were really good and all, kind of like New Politics where I went in not super excited for their performance but ended up liking them a lot more. They were a solid performance, the lead singer was really good (and dressed quite sloppily compared to the music videos) They mentioned they were a local band, which was pretty cool. So on Sunday when I was listening to my Weenie Roast Spotify playlist, I was bored enough to look up where they were from. And I was shocked to find out that they were from my town. My tiny tiny town that no one has ever heard of. Ever. And then after some more digging up I find out that not only did the lead singer attend my high school, we had 48 mutual friends on facebook AND we both attended high school at the same time. I went to school with him. He was a senior I was a freshman. And I saw him in concert on Saturday. Chill.
Unique style, a lot of energy and feel good music. It almost seemed nostalgic. They were really good live performers and were just so invigorated despite the fact that they were the last act on the side stage and a lot of people were leaving and the people who stayed were exhausted. They were pumped up with the crowd and stayed loyal to their upbeat music.
Well. I kind of was dead by the time I made it there (sorry Atlas Genius, I'm sure you were fantastic!). After climbing ALL THE WAY up to the hill, I basically passed out. The good thing about the lawn is that the slope of the hill was perfect for the amphitheater. Even as I practically lay on the ground I could still see the stage (though it was quite a ways away) from where I was. I think that the sound system was also rather quiet for the first few bands that played on the main stage which also affected the overall atmosphere though the music was still really good.
They were pretty good. At this point in the day people were all over the place, eating, drinking beer, talking (loudly), lounging around and walking through the lawn. It almost felt like I was at a summer family festival (not a music festival) where people were hanging out and music was playing, not so much people paid however much money to come listen to music (rather than spend a majority of the concert purchasing $13 beers and $7 hot dogs). But as soon as the beat dropped for Sail, everyone was back in the game, singing along and dancing.
Their music was my summer. And my entire first year of college. I remember first hearing the song "Demons" in a movie trailer early last summer and falling in love with it. It wasn't until a couple months later that I found out what the song was called and who it was by. After listening and obsessing over the entire album, Imagine Dragons became the first musician(s) I have ever listened to where there was not one song on the album that I didn't like. (I mean, I love me some Taylor Swift, but seriously "Stay Stay Stay"?! Like what?) And hearing them live was surreal. They managed to reel in the (distracted) crowd despite the large stage and distance and the rather quiet volume. They were amazing performers and definitely a group I need to attend a full concert for.
To be quite honest, I wasn't too in to their music to begin with and though they were a solid group, I was pretty distracted at this point in the day. That being said, I think a lot of other people enjoyed them a lot. There was a group of screaming boys behind us. Screaming. yeah.
Like most of the rest of the audience, the only song I was really familiar with was "The Middle". They performed a solid set but when they launched into "The Middle" to finish it off, the crowd exploded, singing their hearts out, our childhood, their teenage years. It was wonderful.
My other love. I want to marry this entire group. Usually, you go to a concert expecting something different from what you hear on your iPod every day. Somehow, Of Mosters and Men managed to recreate their recording with a sort of pristine perfection that was so beautiful but at a realness that could only be achieved by a live performance. Their music made me want to cry and it was just like Imagine Dragons, where I came in mildly obsessed with them, and walked out of the concerts even more in love. The voices blended beautifully, the rather eclectic group complemented each other in such a natural way. And of course, the trumpet gave extra depth and energy to the performance. I love every single song on their album. I would love to see them again in a small venue (though they pulled off the large venue very well!)
I was hardly in love with them coming in to the concert, I only liked a couple of the songs that I remembered, but their refreshingly quirky style was fun to hear live. It was getting dark during their performances which also made it start seeming more like a concert and less like a day at (an amazing) county fair.
Well. There's not much to say here. By this time of night I was practically laying down, being cold and craving in-n-out. To be quite honest I didn't even realize there was a surprise guest. I was mildly confused as to why I didn't recognize any 30 Seconds to Mars songs, but frankly, I was too lazy to investigate. The adult population went crazy though. Just goes to show how this year's KROQ lineup had a little something for everyone.
Of all of the bands in the lineup, 30 Seconds to Mars probably put on the best show. From artistic music videos to crazy lights and drums to giant colorful balloons floating down the crowd to a mysterious floating white object amidst the amphitheater they knew how to engage the audience and make them a part of the show (literally, they had people come on stage to dance). The music was pretty nostalgic too, bringing back the middle school years and summer before sophomore year. But mostly the colorful balloons.
And of course, finishing up the night was The Black Keys. It was so impressive seeing that a two person band could do so much on such a big stage. They brought a lot of energy that brought a new edge to their already dynamic music. The beginning of Little Black Submarines was so good live and of course all of their hits riled the crowd up and transformed the atmosphere to the liveliness of a big concert even after such a long and exhausting day.
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