Marian Hill and Opia packed First Avenue on Thursday night for a sold-out set. For both bands this was their first time in the Twin Cities, but from the sold-out Mainroom it was clear they’ve already got quite the following here in Minneapolis. It was a sunny Thursday evening and a relatively early set, but fans were at First Ave to party on Thursday – the drinks were following, the room was toasty and people were there to have a good time.
Opening up the evening was Los-Angeles based duo Opia. Opia’s vibe is some combination of Harry Styles meets John Mayer meets Jack Garratt meets Vine-star. This two-piece had the largely (inebriated) female crowd, swooning just minutes into their set. Opia is Cole Citrenbaum (vocals/guitar), and DJ Stanfill (vocals/keys). It was hard not to be charmed by Citrenbaum’s million-watt smile and John Mayer-esque boppy guitar playing movements. A crowd pleaser from the evening was their cover of Britney Spears Hit Me Baby One More Time, a pretty much guaranteed hit with the largely 20-something crowd packed into First Avenue. Citrenbaum and Stanfill are both true showman, mixing a little 1D/Justin Bieber charm with a grittier, guitar-driven, bluesy sound. From the reaction they got when they brought out the saxophone player it was if the crowd had never seen someone play the saxophone before, but hey – people loved it. Whatever the magic of Opia is, First Ave was eating it up.
Marian Hill and Opia continue their tour this weekend in Kansas City then Denver this weekend.
FYI, actually Marian Hill’s fourth time here, not first