Photo by Patrick Wright | Review by James Crowl | Seeds Entertainment
Lincoln Calling kicked things off right Tuesday night with a groovy show at The Bourbon featuring both local and national acts. Spanning from Tuesday through Saturday, Lincoln Calling sets out to showcase nearly one hundred different bands over that five day span of time, hosting acts at multiple venues each night. On Tuesday night, The Bourbon made a case for why it is one of he must hit venues of the festival.
The night started off with local band Powerful Science, who took the stage for an entertaining seven song set. Powerful Science’s style can only be described as an eclectic array of different genres, from funky to punk all the way to dance. While audience members were still filling the venue during theater, they were immediately greeted with some plain old fun music.
Next on stage was Life is Cool. A synth rock band, what stood out the most about Life is Cool was their utilization of both the trumpet and saxophone. Pretty much every song they played showed off some sort of funk element while still staying modern, and I have to say they were possibly my favorite act of the night.
The main attraction of the night was Maryland based synth pop group Future Islands, who took the stage to a nearly full house. Reminiscent of instrumentals one might hear from The Killers, along wih lead singer Samuel Herring’s enthusiastic, one of a kind vocal delivery, Future Islands was a true highlight of the night. It wasn’t just that their live sound was stellar, but heir stage presence went a long way in getting the audience completely invested in the performance. As someone who wasn’t familiar to Future Island’s music prior to the show, I had no difficulty immediately jumping right into it.
If last night’s performances were any indication of what is to come, Lincoln Calling promises to be one of the best local events of the year, one you definitely don’t want to miss out on. With shows every night at multiple venues, there’s sure to be something that suits everyone’s tastes.
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