Sunday, September 9, 2012

Concert Review: Action Item & Owl City Concert - 9/7/12



Author: Tori

On September 7, 2012 I attended the Owl City and Action Item concert in Orlando, Florida. So many concerts these days have four or five opening bands and that is just too much to sit through. It was refreshing to go to a concert with only one supporting acts; Action Item pumped up the crowd and Owl City kept the energy level up throughout the rest of the show.

First on stage was Action Item, who I have seen several times at different shows over the last two years. It seems like their performance hasn't changed much since the last time I saw them (which was about a year ago when they toured with We The Kings) but they are always a fun band to watch and I really enjoyed their set! The only downside was that they didn't move around on stage but that was out of their control since they had no space on stage; props to them for getting the crowd pumped, despite the fact that the lead singer couldn't move without running into another band member. They got the audience involved several times during their performance; my favorite moment of the night was when they allowed everyone to capture "the perfect band photo" where they dramatically posed like rockstars as everyone snapped pics on their camera phones, followed by a plug for their facebook page, (http://www.facebook.com/actionitem). Action Item left everyone in a good mood as they concluded their set with a cover of "Glad You Came" by The Wanted. Everyone sang along and Action Item's version of the song was better than the original, in my opinion. If you are a fan of Hot Chelle Rae, The Cab, or The Summer Set you will love Action Item.

Last but certainly not least, Owl City took the stage! Not gonna lie, it was refreshing to dance around rather than headbang at a concert. The venue was packed from front to back and after seeing Owl City's concert it is easy to see why. Outside of "Fireflies" (which was hard to escape while it was played regularly on the radio), I had never listened to Owl City. Typically, hearing bands live for the first time doesn't compare to being introduced to the studio versions first. In this case, it seems like Owl City's songs sounded a million times better live than on recordings. Instantly after the lights dimmed the floor was literally shaking from the bass and laser lights took over the room; not a bad way to start a concert! The backup band sounded phenomenal and although the music was loud, Adam's voice wasn't drowned out. If I could compare the Owl City show to another show I have attended, I'd say that Adam is like a male version of Lights. If Owl City is ever playing in a city near you, you gotta check out the show! For tour dates and more info on Owl City, visit http://www.facebook.com/owlcity.

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