The Neighbourhood opened for Imagine Dragons at a sold out show on Friday at Merriweather Post Pavilion, and it was amazing. The weather had started to chill just a little but the crowd kept it cozy.
Neighbourhood kicked it off with their hit Sweater weather and then cranked through their album I Love You., with a track here and there from their earlier EP. I felt for the parents of all the young children (so many kids) when Rutherford belted out the f-bomb laden Afraid. Also check out their track Female Robbery if you’re undecided on this band.
Then Imagine Dragons took the stage. With a full color video screen and an assortment of large drums, Dan Reynolds brought the energy and whipped the crowd into a deeper frenzy. He couldn’t stop jumping up on the monitors and engaging the crowd. It was an amazing Friday night, and the crowd was lapping it up. If you’re only familiar with their mega hit Radioactive (and that video), you need to delve into Night Visions.
Andy Jones was there, and he has some electrifying images in two galleries, give them a peep.
Words by Carrie Hoover
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies crept out like shadows on the Hamilton stage Saturday night. They weren’t sporting any zoot suits this tour but they were aiming for a riot. On their first US tour in many years, the Daddies didn’t waste any time rousting the crowd with boogie tunes “Dr. Bones” and “No Mercy for Swine”. A dedicated group of jitter bugging dancers kept the dance floor hoppin. Frontman, Steve Perry, was solid and wowed with a strong voice and fancy footwork. The band almost out shone him, blasting a smokin’ hot brass section, drums, and two guitars.
Through two long sets, the band had the whole place swingin’, hootin’ and hollerin’ for more. Songs from CPD’s latest 2013 double album “White Teeth, Black Thoughts” blended easily with their trademark fast swing crowd favorites. But these cats aren’t one genre wonders, no sir! They kept it baby fresh with a few ska inspired numbers off of the “Soul Caddy” album. Perry also crooned some smooth classics like “Come Fly with Me” and “Aint That a Kick in the Head.” These numbers packed the dance floor with swaying couples, young and old.
The crowd was really jumpin’ the last few songs. The band ripped through “Brown Derby Jump”, slide right into “Zoot Suit Riot”, and rang everyone’s bell with “The Ding-Dong Daddy of the D-Car Line.” The dance floor boogied and jived then wailed for an encore at the end. The band closed with a little new and old, exciting everyone with “Whisky Jack” and “Cherry Poppin’ Daddy Strut.”
The night left no doubt that the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies still have the exciting sound and amazing live show that captured fans in the 90s. As a man once sang, “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.” These hep cats got it all right.
We have 2 tickets up for grabs for the Mad Decent Block Party at Merriweather Post Pavilion this Friday! This year’s lineup is crazy, with Major Lazer and Zeds Dead headlining and personal favorites Anamanaguchi, Skream, SBTRKT, and Griz supporting (full lineup below).Attendees should be sure to pack their camelbacks, shutter shades, and firm grasps on reality before heading to this day-long grime-fest.
Email email@example.com or enter in the giveaways portion of DCDECIBEL for your chance to win! Winners will be announced Tuesday at 5. In the meantime, here’s a Spotify Playlist to get you pumped.