Despite all that Minnesota is notorious for at this time of year, the Varsity Theater was buzzing more than enough to generate a little heat tonight. A good mix of younger and older fans filled the floor of the venue as showtime drew closer and the party drew nearer Earthgang and Mick Jenkins had come to town.
Despite the fact that outside the venue walls it was very much the middle of the week, inside it felt like Friday afternoon. Maybe it was precisely because it was Wednesday outside that everyone wanted it to feel like Friday for a second, Mirrorland was descending upon this crowd and they were determined to enjoy this game experience. Drinks were flowing freely (though very much not free) for those of age and the kids packed at the front of the barricade were ready to power on despite their discomfort.
The stage production did much to capture they attention of the crowd as nothing was obscuring it. It resembled a hall of mirrors oven the tours apt title, ‘Welcome to Mirrorland.’ The show started promptly at 7:30, an under appreciated courtesy, and it was an explosive start. It may have been the fact that I haven’t been to a show in months but the bass was appreciate and Jurdan Bryant made swift work of each instrumental in front of him. Mixing his new wave lyricals with classical hip hop mantras like ‘Fuck the Police’ he soon had the crowd eating out go his hand. His brief 15 came to a close and made way for the DJ to add some hype to the mix.
EARTHGANG felt like a show. Upon the duos arrival onstage the cheers were near constant. Bending down to get to know the crowd a young man by the name of Carson would act as the divider as each member tried to hype their respective side of the crowd. By this time the audience extended all the way to the bar surely this was a sold out show right? The crowd was good and hype as they, ironically, quietly launched into the rest of the set and light returned to the stage. The crowd and all those on stage oozed positivity, something that can often be in short supply in today’s jaded world. It was refreshing and made for an environment where everyone could thrive on a Wednesday evening. The mirrors on stage and lasers above the gangs head lended themselves to the otherworldly feeling of their debut album Mirrorland and brought the experience to another plateau that everyone enjoyed through the shows final minutes.