While the show didn't sport the same frenzied acts that 106.1's Jingle Ball had with One Direction and Demi Lovato, the radio station still knew how to put on a crazy good show. Though the sets were a bit short, the concert still sold out and fans were more than happy as they chanted along to some of their favorite artists.
Here's what we thought:
We arrived a bit too late to catch this band's set, but we saw them a few months back with Passion Pit. In short: they are a talented bunch, but their stage presence needs a bit of work.
Seemingly coming out of nowhere, this '70s hair metal-inspired group played a bombastic set of rock riffs to a timid crowd. Vocalist Luke Spiller knew how to work a group that didn't seem all that enthusiastic to start with, as it took a bit of convincing for the crowd to get its hands in the air. But after a few songs Spiller had the whole pit moving and shaking.
The colorful stage presence only went so far, and when the Struts closed their set with a mic drop and a delayed finish, many were left wondering what they were supposed to get excited about. The music was good, but the presentation seemed a bit over the top. Still, it was a great appetizer for the rest of the night.
The Neighborhood took things down a bit with its smooth, slower setlist. It was a soulful bunch of songs including the hits "Sweater Weather" and "Afraid" with a healthy bit of advertising for the band's latest album, Wiped Out!
Before the show, we learned the Neighborhood only allows photographers to publish its photos in black and white, which seemed a little weird. But after seeing how solemn the band's set was with the lighting to boot, it made more than enough sense. With the vocals sounding a bit muted, the band made up for it in instrumentals. This set provided a nice interlude before the main event.
Panic! at the Disco
Serving as the bona fide surprise of the night, Brendon Urie and Panic! at the Disco brought down the house with its blend of emo classics and skilled harmonies on some of its newer tracks. Sporting a bit of auto tune and a sweet looking jacket, Urie took the crowd through a melodic journey.
PATD's set included radio hits like "Nine in the Afternoon" and "Miss Jackson," but they were evenly offset by the band's newer singles, "Hallelujah" and "Victorious." For older fans, these new songs were a breath of fresh air and newer fans felt more than acknowledged. Though Urie is the only original band member left in the group, nothing can stop him from back-flipping on stage while singing "I Write Sins Not Tragedies."
If you haven't caught PATD before, do yourself a favor and see them next time around.
Sublime with Rome
Though Sublime with Rome have been around for a bit, the band was an odd one out at Wednesday's show. The reggae alt-rock trio know how to play the hits and it was nice to see a full pit for the first time in the show. Lead singer Rome Ramirez's vocals seemed a bit wonky, but the awesome guitar play and mixing from surrounding band members made up for the slow start.
When "Summertime" and "Santeria" hit the speakers, everyone was on their feet. With a tribute to late Sublime lead singer Bradley Nowell to close out the show, Sublime with Rome had played a successful headliner set to a packed house.
Of Monsters and Men
Two years ago, if someone had said this Icelandic supergroup would be closing out festivals, it would have been unheard of. But now, the band's killer vocals, stellar harmonies and undeniable atmosphere make for one of the best live shows out there.
The band had an awesome setup, with mountains of light backing the main and touring band. Backup members played trumpet and trombone and accordion as the set drew on, and the frontmen sailed through hits "Crystals" and "Little Talks." As the night came to a close, OMAM provided the perfect closing performance.
With a collection of artists spanning a number of genres, it's nice to see KDGE continue to branch out for its festivals. It'll be interesting to see what lineup it has in store for Edgefest mid-next year.