Heading to 2CELLOS I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as I had only listened to them here and there. However, I was pleasantly surprised and impressed once I got situated. Coming from London, 2CELLOS began their show on Thursday around 8 p.m. with a relaxing rendition of ‘Chariots of Fire’ after rescheduling their previous date of October 27th 2017. Immediately noticing the orchestra and other instruments placed behind them it was hard to know what one should keep their eyes on in fear of missing out. They added to their presentation with various visuals playing behind them on a large screen as well as different lighting effects that enhanced the performance. Each of these details made the show enjoyable for all ages as there was a little something for everyone.
With the Target Center being a larger venue I was nervous as to how the concert would sound, but 2CELLOS blew it out of the water. After playing Céline Dion’s 90’s hit ‘My Heart Will Go On’ about halfway through their set they took the crowd back to the 80’s starting with a visit from Michael Jackson which only showed that they were just getting started. Upon conclusion of Michael Jackson we heard “Are you ready to rock?” come across the speakers, and everyone sitting on the floor was asked to move up towards the stage. From this point on they performed with their drummer, and made what was expected to be a relaxing night an energy packed one. Being an alumni from North Dakota State University I was very pleased with their next choice, ‘Thunderstruck’ by AC/DC, and I knew I was content from that point on –GO BISON! They left briefly only to take the stage again with two electric cellos and Nirvana. A perfect combination if you’d ask me. From this point on they continued to play a selection of songs from both AC/DC and The Rolling Stones leaving me with one question: Will an attempt be made to bridge the generation gap that’s present in the crowd?
After finishing off their main set with ‘Back in Black’ by AC/DC they promptly left the stage leaving the crowd with the hope of an encore. And sure enough, this is where the gap was bridged with Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’ and Luis Fonsi’s ‘Despacito’. While playing ‘Wake Me Up’ the duo chose to have a video displaying their journey of learning to play the cello to where they are now which I thought was inspiring, and an excellent way to make a connection with the crowd. This shows you that if you follow something you’re passionate about opportunities may arise to grow and excel. 2CELLOS concluded the evening with a rendition of U2’s ‘With or Without You’ which had a large amount of the crowd singing along.
The only thing that took me by surprise was the overall length of the show –just over 1 ½ hours; especially with a previous cancellation. I wish the night could have went longer, but I imagine playing a string instrument for that length of time gets straining after a while. The concert as a whole was incredible, and I highly recommend checking them out if/when given the opportunity.
Overall Experience: This concert was very enjoyable, and I plan to try to see them again. I think it’s nice when concerts are directed towards all ages which makes this performance an option for a family outing.
Venue: As mentioned before I was a little nervous about the choice of venue, but it ended up working well for their performance. The sound and lights were great, and I thought the seating was decent as well.
Attendance: I didn’t see many open seats, and it looked like a great turn out for a Thursday evening.