Alt-rockers PUBLIC kicked off the night with “Pretty Face.” The trio recently signed to Island Records and are creating happy lovey-dovey songs with unforgettable lyrics. They had me repeating them after the concert. The romantic melodies had the entire audience in awe. The last song, “Make You Mine,” a viral TikTok, is about embracing love in a newfound relationship and it was making the crowd feel good.
The intermission after Public, felt fairly quickly. One of the band members of American Authors came out and interacted with the crowd, playing a game where the audience member has the power to choose who plays first — Magic Giant or American Authors. The stage was filled with both bands coming out with joy to start the night, both performing one of American Authors songs, who was chosen to perform first.
Their set was filled with both old and new hits ranging from indie-folk to alternative rock pop. It had been a long time since I listened to their music, I only knew “I’m Born To Run” off the top of my head. I recognized songs from their first album and enjoyed their newly released album, Seasons, released in 2019.
What surprised me was how marvelously smooth American Authors were able to switch with Magic Giant in the two hour onstage. Both bands remained onstage almost the entire time. Magic Giant sent a clear message with their music, love, and hope — positive energy in the room.
In between set changes, a Magic Giant put on personal performance in the middle of the crowd, making everyone feel close to them. Whether it was the band playing next to the fans, or Austin, the lead singer, jumping into the crowd from the pit area, the fans are what means the most to them and they do their best to make everyone in the room feel good. I have never experienced anything like this concert before nor did I think it was possible to pull a performance so creative with constant energy.
American Authors and Magic Giant Live Review and Photos by Cindy Ros /// @cindyros_
PHOTO GALLERY — AMERICAN AUTHORS + MAGIC GIANT w/ PUBLIC
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