Minnesota Radio Station GO96’s does not mess around when it comes to picking venues for their events. For Snow Show 2015 they chose the U of M’s Northrop auditorium and since everybody zigg, they zagged and made it a 2-night performance.
Having gained the public’s eye on The Voice, Martinez recently released her 2nd album “Cry Baby” in August 2015. Faced with a lightly occupied theatre with fans being spread out by assigned seats, she did not let that hinder her performance. Her wardrobe may have been a bit unusual (my first performer in socks and no shoes) but her music certainly reached her fans.
It did not take the Liverpool band long to capture the audience. Opening with “Give me a Try” they started their set on a high note and went soaring from there. Bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen used most of the large stage.
On a night where most of the lights were low key, Canadian band Metric brought their lights and their stage props. For the opening song singer Emily Haines donned a Vegas style peacock tail. The set was heavy on material from their current album “Pagans in Vegas” but also featured some of their older hits.
The LA band just released their fourth album “Better Nature” this September. The band is known for it’s big rock songs and sound that builds as the song grows. Singer Brian Aubert covered the stage to be close to the audience while drummer Chris Guanlao was far back doing his best Animal impression at times.
Panic is Perfect
The band started out as an acoustic duo, traveling India by train with a broken backpack guitar before forming in the 5 man group it is today. Their songs incorporate sampled sound from their travel, global rhythms and interesting lyrics. Panic is Perfect’s set was lively and a good start to night 2
The California band centered on singer Bethany Cosentino and guitar player Bobb Bruno brought their mix of surf rock and psychedelic vibe to the Northrop. Centered on their popular songs their set pulled in the casual crowd as well as their dedicated fans.
Death Cab for Cutie
The band decided not to allow professional photographers on short notice.