Openers Savoir Adore and Dappled Cities set the par for the night. Australian Dappled Cities could not look more excited to be playing to a reveling crowd. Each song swelled and built behind lead singer Tim Derricourt into a commanding arrangement that everyone was compelled to listen to. I don’t know if it was the impressive show or the heightened level of Australian attractiveness of its band, but I have never seen so many girls rush the stage to buy the remaining five CDs Dappled Cities had with them.
Fresh back from SXSW, Savoir Adore performed to a welcoming crowd. Although their line up has changed, Savoir Adore consistently delivers a performance of wonderful energy and a demonstration of genuine musicianship.
Although the entire line up was a power packed, high energy showcase, it was The Grates’ lead singer Patience Hodgson who delivered the most hyperactive performance. Skipping out on to the stage in a cape that was reminiscient of Nick Diamonds from The Islands and a Little Miss Sunshine worthy, oversized sequin unitard, Hodgson enthusastically launched into her set. She engaged the audience of her amazed fans with longtime favorites sprinkled with new jams as well. However, Hodgson kept her audience guessing when she sat on one superfan’s shoulders and worked her way out into the crowd.
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