It’s official: after bringing their A-Game at WBRU’s “Shut Up and Dodge” event at Sky Zone and leaving everything they had on the stage at Lupo’s, Walk the Moon took over Providence yesterday. Despite the cold weather and gray skies, over 60 fans showed up...
10 Things You Missed, if you weren’t at the show:
1. Pretending like it was summerDespite the ominously rainy and cold weather outside Lupos, everyone inside was prepped for July. The outfit of choice was definitely tank-tops and skinny jeans, as worn by lead singer, Nick Petricca himself. With so many people doing so much dancing, who needs the sun to stay warm anyway.
2. The Griswolds BE IMPRESSIVE. B. E. IMPRESSIVE. B.E.I.M.P.R.E.S.S.I.V.E.I woke up with this chant, as looped on stage and recorded by excited Australian children, pretty far stuck in my head. The Griswolds encouraged audience members to bounce along to such hits as “Down and Out” and “Beware the Dog.” After the performance, lead singer, Christopher Whitehall, walked through the crowd to the his merch table, where fans could meet him.
3. FacepaintThis one is a gimme for any Walk The Moon concert, but in typical form, plenty of people brought plenty of paint. Kind concert-going souls dolled out their extra paint to non-neon faces in line. The whole band entered on stage in full color regalia too.
4. “Walk the Circle of Life”Walk the Moon entered the stage to the same song that played when Simba entered the earth. Heavy smoke filled Lupos as “The Circle of Life” blared on speakers. Without a second thought, WtM jumped right into their first song, “Different Colors,” as their epic entrance ended.
5. An incredible light showThe stage was packed with lasers, strobes, and metallic arrows rigged with more lights. Different colors were pointed at specific members so at a given time, Kevin was wholly pink while Eli was wholly blue. Balloons with LED lights bounced around the crowd. The whole show built up to an explosion of color and lights for “Shut Up and Dance.”
6. Nick playing through pain, and not missing a beatAs stated above, Nick’s wrist is sprained due to overuse. But watching him play piano and a drum on stage, it was nearly impossible to tell. From the second he walked on stage, he was high energy and in great spirits. He banged on the keys, screamed into the mic, and danced on stage, and gave the performance everything he had.
7. Epic solosPeriodically, Eli, the guitarist, explored the stage and walked to its edge for an epic solo. He would hold his guitar up, face front and shred riffs. While he made it look effortless, he was obviously soaking up all the positive energy the crowd was feeding him as everyone went wild.
8. Playing a “Little Game”
Nick checked on the audience often, commenting that the last time they played Providence things got, “a little insane.” He remarked that after seeing the line down the block, they felt like “a real band.” Towards the end of the concert, he instructed the crowd in a “little game” that involved the crowd coordinating their jumping to the bands playing. While not everyone participated, the whole crowd won.