KONGOS Concert Review

KATIE PICKRELL//KELSEY PHARIS

The Kongos played two shows in Denver this past weekend at the Summit Music Hall downtown. Shows were performed on Friday, Mar. 6 and Saturday, Mar. 7 as part of their 2015 Lunatic Tour. IMG_3607 copy

Along with the Kongos toured two lesser known bands, Colony House and Sir Sly.

Colony House took the stage first and did a really good job pumping up the crowd, though it was small at the time. The venue fit the style of Colony House well because of how intimate the concert setting was.

Starting out in Tennessee, Colony House has a distinctly indie alternative feel and is beginning to emerge in the modern day rock scene. Anyone interested in seeing them perform songs like their most notable “Silhouettes” can catch them when they come back to Colorado on July 21 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. They will be opening for Needtobreathe along with other notable bands like The Neighbors and Switchfoot.

By the time of their upcoming Colorado show, it wouldn’t be surprising if they bombarded the radio as much as the bands that headline the shows they play along at.

Before the Kongos came out, Sir Sly played a few songs for the crowd as well. The band is another alternative band out of the Los Angeles area in California. The first notable thing about Sir Sly seemed to be the look all of the members had as they shared the same haircut for the most part.

For an opening band, I was impressed by the performance. The members all did an amazing job playing together to some of their popular songs like “You Haunt Me.”

Almost two hours after the start of the concert, Kongos finally took over.

Towards the end when the band played some of their hits like “Come With Me Now” or “I’m Only Joking,” the crowd was filled with unbelievable hype. At the very end, a much demanded encore was provided with not only one, but three songs.IMG_3610 copy

To add to the concert, the band’s manager came out to lay down some lines, unveiling a surprising rap talent that added color to the music

After Kongos finish out their tour in the United States and South America, they claim they will begin recording their third album. They also hope to return to Denver again on their next album tour, as it’s the first city to sponsor their concert and the first place they’ve played back to back shows.

The best part of the night was an unwavering sense of stage presence that all three bands presented amazingly well. The bands and the venue mashed nearly perfectly with the crowd.

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