Radio Station Go96MN’s held GO Fest 16 at First Avenue this weekend split into two events. Friday focused on local talent headlined by Communist Daughter, Saturday brought national bands.
The first band we caught was Detroit’s JR JR. The set got off to a quick start with “Dancefloor” when Danel Zott decided to jump into audience and sing part of it from there. The crowd was energized from the get go, dancing and singing along. The set closed with their big hit “Gone”.
Set List: Dancefloor / Almost lost Detroit / Hypothetical / Ugly Person / Knock Louder / James Dean / War zone / Nothing but our Love / Gone.
Next up was Robert Delong, a Seattle based electronic musician filling the stage with 3 groups of instruments he all played himself. A first in a few hundred shows I have seen at First Ave 2 members of Delong’s team were in the crowd painting faces with patterns to match his. During his set he moved from instrument to instrument and also deployed a Nintendo Wii controller to make music. His music was up-tempo and very danceable culminating with “Long Way Down”
Headlining the Evening was Miike Snow. The Swedish indie pop trio had an elaborate stage setup with back panels used for visual and light effects. Made up of Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, and Andrew Wyatt the bands “Genghis Kahn” is getting a ton of airplay this summer. Lead singer Andrew Wyatt started the set behind keyboards and would emerge frequently to take the center spot. Their music has a nice range of sound from the guitar driven “Song For No One” to the badass, drum heavy “Heart is Full”. I had been looking forward to seeing this band live and was not disappointed. Judging by the cheers, neither was the crowd at the sold out venue.
Set List: Trigger / Billie Holliday / Cult Logic / Genghis Kahn / Paddling Out / Heart is Full / Sylvia / I feel the Weight / Song for No One / Black & Blue Encore: 7 Nights / Animal