Some nights are exactly what you expect and others are the opposite. I was expecting to roll up to a completely sold-out, packed Triple Rock on Saturday for Nightly and Urban Cone, but rather I arrived at 7:45 to a rather intimate crowd. Though the Triple Rock didn’t fill out on Saturday night, that didn’t stop these two bands from putting on one hell of a show.
Opening up the evening was Nashville-based quartet Nightly. This is a name that I had seen buzzing around the Twittersphere through other music publications I follow and was excited to finally catch them live. Nightly has the look, energy, and sound of a band destined for big things. Their sound was polished, with a very finished commercial pop sound. However, nothing about Nightly was generic, but a sound and presence all their own. “We’re kind of a young band, we only have four songs out, but we’re gonna play some new songs for you if you don’t mind,” said frontman Jonathan Capeci. Again, though the crowd was intimate at the Triple Rock that didn’t stop Nightly from putting on a hell of a set. “I know it’s early, it’s still light out, there’s not many of you here. But we can see all your faces! And you guys look good,” Capeci joked. “You know, if only one of you connects with one of our songs, that’s all that matters. Minneapolis, I just want you guys to know you mean the world to us by being here. Seriously – thank you,” Capeci said gratefully towards the end of the set. Nightly closed their set with the infectiously catchy single XO. I hope we see Nightly back in Minneapolis very soon!
Though last night might not have been the biggest crowd these bands have ever played to, we’re grateful for them stopping by Minneapolis and putting on a solid set. We hope to see them both back in the Cities very soon!