Saturday night was quite a night of music that happened on one of the best evenings I’ve seen so far in the month of September. Imagine Dragons, Silversun Pickups, Cage the Elephant, Greek Fire, and The Neighbourhood played to a sold out crowd that was amped up to enjoy an evening under the stars listening to a lineup of music that seemed to have a little something for everyone. Imagine Dragons to me is kind of an anomaly in the fact that they now have a good handful of hits and have some how attracted a devout following in St. Louis. There are certain acts that when they come to town always do great, Imagine Dragons has made it to the top of the list. The other acts on the bill all have a good following as well, excluding The Neighbourhood, all of them have also played 1057 the Point Ho Ho Shows over the last couple of years. Probably the two most exciting moments of the night, besides the fun atmospheric show Imagine Dragons puts on, came from Cage the Elephant and Greek Fire.
Greek Fire has pretty much put their stamp on the St. Louis music scene, building off of the steam of Story of the Year it is interesting to see how Greek Fire has surpassed the status of Park Ave. and really have constructed this whole other machine that has given birth to a spark of originality within our local community of bands. Lead vocalist Moon does a stellar job of working the crowd and ran pretty much from one side of the Pavilion to the other commanding a level of participation that only a true lead man can evoke from a crowd. This was a great pairing to the following act of the evening, Cage the Elephant.
I believe this is the third time Cage The Elephant has played St. Louis and each time I’ve photographed them I always walk away from the pit drenched in sweat. Vocalist Matthew Shultz always delivers a performance that is much like watching a hockey game, your eyes are constantly following him as he gyrates and convulses from one side of the stage to the other. Many people commented after their set that they believed he might have been channelling early Mick Jagger due to the sixties like attire he was decked out in, jerky movements, and his shirt unbuttoned showing off his rail thin frame. Regardless of where Matthew gets his inspiration one thing is for sure, he offers the crowd one heck of a live music experience.
Enjoy the pics and let me know what you thought of the show.