The Scene: Rarely do I walk into a venue with an early 7:30 start time and find a packed house for the opening acts, but that is just what happened on this Saturday at The Ogden. The room was jammed full of youthful energy and faces to match the sentiment. The audience was largely comprised of 20 somethings, all ready to rage, and I soon found out that was a theme that dominated the night like a clenched fist punching giants to the beat.
Foals: Typically an opener is less aggressive than the headliner, but no one told Foals this. They came out swinging for the fences and when they saw the packed house they went for it. Despite the genre gap, they had the audience captivated with their intense blends of synth, guitar and beats. The frontman, Yannis Philippakis, was a true showman and quickly had the audience bouncing. By the time the set was over the average fan would have been satisfied, and yet the main event had yet to unfold.
Cage The Elephant: By the time Cage The Elephant took the stage the room was on fire; you could feel the crowd’s collective will was ready to rock. The band wasted no time, and lead singer Matt Schultz had the crowd eating out of his hand by the end of the first song. The stage presence and sheer emotion that poured from the stage had every hand in the air trying to grab their rightful share. Conveniently, that became an all to obvious method for the public transit of crowd surfers, who quickly became the band members themselves riding the collective mind while they played and sang! The entire event was absolutely action packed entertainment at its best.