Cage the Elephant? You couldn’t cage this elephant if you tried! From the moment lead vocalist Matt Shultz walked on stage, in his white patent leather shoes and sheepish grin, there was pure electricity in the air. They opened the show with their hit single, Cry Baby, off of their December 2015 album, Tell Me I’m Pretty. Cage sounded incredible and Schultz’s eclectic and often wild dance moves had the audience captivated throughout the entire 18 song set. The crowd, fueled off of the band’s infectious energy, sang and danced along as they played hits such as Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked, Trouble and Shake Me Down. My favorite performance of night took place during the encore, as Schultz was out on the catwalk, in a sea of swooning fans, and sang a toned down version of Cigarette Daydream. The crowd was lit up and all you could see were beaming faces as the entire audience sang along with him, word for word. Cage The Elephant delivers a varied collection of alternative, punk and psychedelic rock songs and the type of live performances from which legendary artists are made.
Cage The Elephant formed in 2006 and their first self-titled album was released in 2008. They have since released Thank You, Happy Birthday in 2011, Melophobia in 2013 and most recently Tell Me I’m Pretty. Tell Me I’m Pretty was produced by Dan Auerbach from The Black Keyes. The group currently consists of vocalist Matthew Shultz, guitarist Brad Shultz, drummer Jared Champion and bassist Daniel Tichenor, as well as touring keyboardist/guitarist Matthan Minster and touring lead guitarist Nice Bockrath.
Review and Photos by Robbie Flores
Photos © Robbie Flores 2016