- Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber of Cherub perform during their two song encore.
I was half-expecting a small crowd, since, despite Cherub's appeal to college students, it was a Wednesday night.. But 15-cent beer night quickly erased that notion. Hordes of students filled the venue looking to fill up on cheap beer and hear "Doses and Mimosas," because that's the only song I heard mentioned by passersby.
Show opener ProbCause was the most surprising act of the night. The Chicago native was, for a lack of better term, turned up. Rapping over mainly glitch-hop and dubstep beats, he converted an admittedly distracted crowd into one big pre-game. A "Make it Rain" remix established the scene and original track's "LSD" and "Black and White" kept the party going. Plus he kept talking about summer, bonus points.
Although I'm quite surprised he was included as an opener given the nature of his music and it's clashing identity with both following acts.
Carousel took the stage next and I immediately noticed the lack of pizzazz, not only in the act, but in the crowd as well. Vocal levels were extremely low and the crowd quickly became disinterested. That all changed when lead vocalist Jackson Phillips posed a question, "Do you guys like Deadmau5?" A thundering yes was the answer and the group began to play... "The Veldt." And they did it justice; I almost teared up. Almost.
The atmosphere had changed. The feel-good music was back. The group played tracks off their EP Palms, "Dancing On My Own" and then "Into the Night," an electrifying new track that screams happiness. They even threw in a poppy remix of Drake's "Hold on, We're Going Home" which had the women in the crowd going bananas.
A ten-minute intermission meant the restroom lines were equivalent to those of a rollercoaster at Cedar Point. Blame the beer or blame the bladder.
Cherub took the stage as the clock struck midnight. It was the opposite effect of Cinderella. The stage was set for a special performance and they delivered. By playing a balanced mix of songs off Man of the Hour, MoM & DaD, 100 Bottles and Antipasto; the group covered a large range of their discography. And as promised, the group played two unreleased tracks - "Stop Light" and "Disco Shot." It was as close as you could get to a perfect set list.
But you could feel the angst in the crowd when the duo signed off and left the stage without playing their signature song. People started to leave and I swear I saw a girl crying, although I can't confirm that. Nonetheless, the guys came back and played "Doses and Mimosas." The revitalized crowd joined the duo in belting out the risqué lyrics. They finished the show with "Obviously" by Gramatik, a song they feature in with my favorite lyrics of the night - "No relationship, just some freaky shit."
Like Jordan Kelley said, they love to get weird, salmon weird.