Nylon and Starbucks Frappuccino Summer Tour
“U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A.,” those were the explosive screams that ignited outside of the Revolution Live venue from all the young and eager fans. It felt as if the crowd was getting ready to attend an Olympic game rather than a concert; nonetheless, the mood was quite infectious. With the bands Twenty One Pilots, Walk the Moon and Neon Trees getting ready backstage, the venue was surprisingly at capacity even before they went on stage. When the crowd began chanting our country’s name —once again— the lights started to flicker.
The multitude of people focused their attention on the first opening band Twenty One Pilots. The group’s awkward skeleton masks and “schizophrenic” pop tunes did an impeccable job of firing up the crowd. One minute the lead singer was belting out his lyrics and the next minute, he was an undercover hip-hop artist. Essentially, it seemed as if their seizure-looking, acrobatic moves, took the audience’s shouts to another level. The overall circus atmosphere to their performance was very entertaining.
The artists Walk the Moontook the stage next, and stirred the gathering’s desire to have a memorable time. Guitarists Kevin Ray and Eli Maiman, stood at the edge of the stage where they handed out plates full of face paint for all the concertgoers in the front.
The band’s face paint fascination is known to be an homage to their breakout single, “Anna Sun.” The crowd went along with it, and engulfed themselves in another adventure. Lead singer Nicholas Petricca captivated the audience with his quirky dance efforts as well as with his high-pitched vocals. Petricca and the drummer Sean Waugaman played exceptional, cohesive drum numbers. Fans mimicked the members of the band as if they were the ones playing the drums. When the group finished their song, “Anna Sun,” it was apparent that they left an impression. The crowd shouted, “Encore, Encore, Encore.” Meanwhile, with radiating smirks on their faces, the band began to pack their equipment up because their time on stage came to a close. Walk the Moon obviously love to put on a great show that fans will remember; fortunately, they portrayed that throughout their set of catchy tunes.
The headliners of the Nylon and Starbucks Frappuccino Summer Music Tour Neon Trees had their share of fun with the already pumped up audience. Lead singer Tyler Glenn mesmerized the audience with his range of vocals and wild dance antics. At one point, the front man engrossed himself into a little crowd surfing action. Overwhelmed with the crazed fans sing along of each song, he spoke of the gratitude he felt for the fans always sticking with them no matter what. The band was a member short, so the drummer’s absence was definitely missed; however, it wasn’t enough to stop them from rocking out. Glancing at the security guard, the fans caught him acting as if he was a part of the crowd instead of “protecting” the artists, when their hit, “Animal,” came on. Every person in that room was consumed by the vigor that Neon Trees exposed.
From the beginning to the end, the Nylon and Starbucks Frappuccino Summer Tour was a festivity disguised as a concert. All the artists offered a unique rendition of their talents to the audience. Not one person left the show without a smile on their face. Topping this year’s tour seems like an unachievable mission; let’s hope that next year’s artists can.
By Janice Carrillo
Photos by Joshua Zamora
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