Emily May

Sons of An Illustrious Father // Live In Philadelphia

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SONS OF AN ILLUSTRIOUS FATHER // LIVE AT BOOT + SADDLE

PHOTOS COURTESY OF: Carolyn Lederach

Death Cab For Cutie // Live In Louisville

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE + LALA LALA // LIVE AT IROQUOIS AMPHITHEATER

PHOTOS COURTESY OF: Emily May

Seattle-based rock band Death Cab For Cutie performed in Louisville, Ky recently to a packed crowd. It was a perfect summer day for an outdoor show and the venue, situated within Iroquois Park, made for the perfect setting this evening. Performing a long and varied set list of songs that span their 22 years years as a band, they started their set off with “I Dreamt We Spoke Again” from their latest album Thank You For Today. They performed many of their hits including “Gold Rush”, “Crooked Teeth”, “I Will Possess Your Heart” and “Soul Meets Body” and had the crowd dancing and singing along all evening. Singer/guitarist Ben Gibbard chatted a bit with the crowd throughout the set, offering his condolences early on for the Jim Beam warehouse fire that occurred a few days prior. The band attracted a diverse crowd this evening, with fans of all ages enjoying the music. There were many older fans who had been with the band since the beginning, as well as quite a few younger faces in the crowd. Although Gibbard played guitar for many of the songs, he also played a few on a large wooden piano situated near the back of the stage. The lighting throughout the evening ranged from bright and colorful to darker and moody, depending on the mood of the song being played. Ending their set with “The Sound Of Settling”, the band left the stage before coming back out for a four song encore. Starting the encore off with an acoustic rendition of “I Will Follow You Into The Dark”, arguably one of their most popular songs, the entire venue was singing along in a chill-inducing and beautiful moment. The band then rounded out the evening with “When We Drive”, “Tiny Vessels” and “Transatlanticism”. It was an incredible evening of music and Death Cab For Cutie showed why they have maintained their popularity as a band over the years with their incredible live show and timeless songs. Chicago indie rock band Lala Lala opened the show.

LALA

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE

Tank and The Bangas // Live in Lexington

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TANK AND THE BANGAS // LIVE AT MANCHESTER MUSIC HALL

New Orleans Soul/R&B band Tank and The Bangas, who are touring in support of their latest album, Green Balloon, made a stop in Lexington, KY recently. The band has been steadily growing a fan base since starting out in 2011 and performed to a sizable and passionate crowd this evening. Comprised of 10 band members that play everything from bass, drums and guitar, to keys, saxophone and flute, they are the epitome of a live band. Singer Tarriona “Tank” Ball, a former slam poet, includes a mixture of singing and spoken word in the songs that creates a fun and mesmerizing performance. She is a born performer and had a lot of fun on stage and with the crowd. Clad this evening in a shorts and short-sleeved animal print outfit, a beautiful and colorful kimono-style robe, a long, intricate braid and shimmery make-up, she looked stunning and stylish on stage. An expressive singer, she feels the music she sings and is aided by her ever amazing back-up singers Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph and Kayla Buggage. The entire band interacted with each other throughout the evening, as well as with the audience, encouraging them to put their hands in the air and sing-along. Near the end of the set, Ball sat in a chair near the mic stand and picked up a telephone that doubled as a microphone, engaging in spoken word while “talking on the phone”. She later sat at the edge of the stage and gave her microphone to a couple of the fans in the audience to sing part of the song. Tank and The Bangas creates a party on stage when they perform and gave their fans an incredibly fun and dynamic evening of music! Shreveport soul musician Maggie Koerner opened the show!

Maggie Koerner

Tank and The Bangas