Modest Mouse outdoors at the Crescent Ballroom

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Modest Mouse performs outdoors at Crescent Ballroom on May 31, 2017.

Modest Mouse and Crescent Ballroom did not disappoint!  Modest Mouse performed at the Crescent Ballroom in downtown Phoenix for a sold-out outdoor show on May 31, 2017.  Crescent set-up a large stage behind the building for the show.  The Phoenix weather came through with a nice breeze which set the ambiance around the downtown buildings.

Morning Teleportation opened the show.  Morning Teleportation is a psychedelic rock band formed in 2005 by Kentucky natives Travis Goodwin (keyboards), Paul Wilkerson (bass), Tres Coker (drums), and transplant from Chicago Tiger Merritt (lead singer and guitar). Paul Wilkerson left the band in 2011, and Coker was replaced with Joseph Jones in 2012.  Alex Lindsey joined the band on bass.

Morning Teleportation entered the stage with great energy, right before sundown, and kept that energy going through the whole set. The band had a jam-band feel with great transitions between songs. Some of the songs had great rock grooves moving into calm melodies that the audience could not get enough of.  The band’s raw sound and eclectic fusion drew the audience in. The band’s newest album Salivating for Symbiosis, featured contributions from Cage The Elephant’s Daniel Tichenor, and Death Cab for Cutie’s David Depper.  The sound is an infusion of trumpets, synthesizer, and banjo, making a folky indie feel with amazing rhythm and the crowd ate it up.  This was a fun and funky set with great songs and a beat that kept the crowd dancing.

Modest Mouse performs outdoors at Cresscent Ballroom on May 31, 2017.

Modest Mouse was founded in 1993 by lead singer and guitarist Isaac Brock, and drummer Jeremiah Green.  Now with over 20 years of making music, they have gathered almost a cult following by an eclectic crowd of all ages.   Modest Mouse summoned the crowd with the sound of bees swarming, the crowd began chanting, and they entered the stage. They opened with Dramamine from the first album they released in 1996, This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About. The Brock jumped right in, setting the stage with his signature vocals. The twanging guitar rift had the crowd going. The band followed the intro with Missed the Boat.  Brock chatted with the crowd briefly and then went right into the What People Are Made Of and Dashboard.

The band started to play Interstate 8, but stopped briefly to adjust instruments, and then went back into the set again. There are 6 members in the band and a few alternated between instruments, which includes a violin, keyboards, and horns as well as two drum sets, proving there is no lack of talent on the stage. The harmonious sound of the banjo when they played Rat King demonstrated what Modest Mouse is all about. By the middle of the set the crowd was jumping. The last song on the set of 17 songs was Tiny Cities Made of Ashes, which left the crowd wanting more.

After a short break, and the audience chanting for their return and yelling for songs they wanted them to play, the band emerged for an encore set which started with Ocean Breathes Salty, and then Paper Thin Walls. The crowd ate up every last bit of the set. They ended the night with The Good Times Are Killing Me, from their album Good News for People Who Love Bad News released in 2004. The show had an amazing energy that lasted the whole way through. This was truly an amazing show, by amazing artists.

Review by Anna Starr

Photos by Robbie Flores
Promoter: Stateside Presents
Venue: Crescent Ballroom
Date:  May 31, 2017

All photos © Robbie Flores 2017

All photos © Robbie Flores 2017

Modest Mouse Setlist

  • Dramamine
  • Missed the Boat
  • What People Are Made Of
  • Dashboard
  • The Ground Walks, With Time in a Box
  • Interstate 8
  • Wicked Campaign
  • Night on the Sun
  • King Rat
  • This Devil’s Workday
  • Grey Ice Water
  • Fly Trapped in a Jar
  • Lampshades on Fire
  • Satellite Skin
  • Doin’ the Cockroach
  • Shit in Your Cut
  • Tiny Cities Made of Ashes

Encore:

  • Ocean Breathes Salty
  • Paper Thin Walls
  • The Good Times Are Killing Me

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