The "City" is Dallas. The "Colour" is Green. The band is Dallas Green. While his ensemble of backing musicians is stellar, he is the band's musical life force. His songs enraptured and enlightened concertgoers at the Pageant on Sunday night.
A longtime fan of Florida-based swamp rockers JJ Grey & Mofro, I was excited to herald their return to the Pageant just nine months after they rang in the New Year at the venue; but my excitement only grew stronger when it was announced that the opening act would be funky New Orleans rockers the Revivalists.
"This song is about being broke," Conor Oberst began. He peered down at the audience, tuned his guitar and finished, "I'm rich as fffuuuccckkk, so it doesn't directly apply to me."
Tame Impala's song "It Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" expresses enough hope and musical beauty that it can assuage the gnarliest of inopportune emotions.
Bassnectar is known, even relied upon, for his thunderously loud sets and dramatically bright light shows. I had a hard time falling asleep after the Pageant concert because my body was so alert and attentive. That's what happens when you're exposed to such highly-concentrated sound and lights for two hours.
Life is heavy, and the world can seem like a cold, harsh place. Sometimes you just need a hug. Other times you need a release – to scream at the top of your lungs, or jump up and down or dance until you literally collapse. Along with his band, Spearhead, Michael Franti offered plenty of opportunities for all of the above as he returned to the Pageant Thursday night.