by tess vanek
the Doors opened at 7pm at the Pageant on Friday October 19th.The opening performance was given by a playful Caroline Rose. With a monochromatic red track suit and a stuffed kitten by her side, the young artist interacted with the audience with a fun combination of humor, liberalism and funky music. The band’s set included Everybody’s Making Out, Soul No. 5, and Jeannie Becomes a Mom, for which they recently released a music video. They also performed a cover of Brittany Spear’s Toxic, which the crowd seemed to very much enjoy. Overall, the band was very entertaining and a great fit for the main act, Rainbow Kitten Surprise.
Rainbow Kitten Surprise was lively and captivating. The sound was great and the lighting changing effectively set the mood as they carried out their setlist. Songs they performed from their most recent album, How to: Friend, Love, Freefall, included Painkillers, Fever Pitch, Hide and When It Lands. Crowd favorite songs from their previous albums included Cocaine Jesus, Devil Like Me, and First Class. Lead singer Sam Melo was dedicated to his performance throughout the show, maintaining a strong presence on stage with his dance moves and vocals. Each band member was given a spotlight at some point during the concert. Bassist and backing vocalist Charlie Holt gave a brief but touching dedication to the trans community, which qued an emotional response from the audience. After their last song on the setlist, the crowd expectedly demanded an encore to which the band responded with two more songs. The audience gleefully cheered along as the band closed the night. On the whole, the energy was positive and Rainbow Kitten Surprise committed to an enthusiastic performance that did not disappoint.