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FUN. at the Santa Barbara Bowl, 9/7/13

Night fell over the Santa Barbara Bowl last Saturday, Sept. 7, and when the light dimmed, it was nearly impossible to see what was happening on stage. Then suddenly and softly, the sweet and mournful sound of a piano began to float over the crowd. Everyone shouted excitedlythe moment they’d anxiously anticipated for months commenced, and the most loyal fans recognized it as the intro track to FUN.’s new album, “Some Nights.”

The lights came on and the band, much to the delight of the audience, was on stage and huddled around the piano and dressed in tuxedos. The short, yet dramatic song built and crescendoed, then the lights went out again. When they came back on, thirty seconds later, the band not only reconfigured themselves across the stage, but also completely changed their outfits (skinny jeans, short sleeve button up shirts, Vans knock offs — the band looks like it was straight out of a Urban Outfitters catalogue). Then they launched into the next song.

“And I put one foot in front of the other one,” A piercing tenor ripped through the air and the sweating, neon-clad crowd, who responded with a deafening “OH, OH, OH.” The piercing tenor belonged to Nate Ruess, lead vocals, who stood center stage and held a gold-painted microphone over his head as he listened to the sold out stadium filled with 5,000 people screamed his song back to him. He yelled something about not being able to hear us, and then ran across the stage to grab a mic stand, which he hoisted over his head the way a Spartan general would hoist a spear as he pumped his soldiers up for battle.

The show carried on with a barrage of lesser known songs like, “Walking the Dog,” “At Least I’m Not as Sad as I Used to Be,” and “What Have We Done (Oh My God).” At the finale of the extremely danceable song, “Bar Lights,” huge cannons launched thousands of strips of white paper into the air, creating a surreal snowing effect on the warm September night. The band saved their hits (“Carry On,” “We Are Young,” and the title track from the album “Some Nights”) for the second half of the show.

Then, in the most striking moment of the concert, the band announced that they would perform a cover song as the last song of the night, and launched into a rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run.”

The show ended in a marvelous display of frantic lights and sounds as the band thanked the fans profusely and retired, while the audience was left sitting in the pit, peeling white confetti from sweaty bodies.


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