After experiencing Passion Pit’s sunset masterpiece on the Outdoor Stage at Coachella, Independent Philly was anxious to catch the red-hot band as they rolled into Philadelphia last night to play at the Mann Music Center.
It was a hot and humid Philadelphia summer night but that didn’t keep legions of fans from packing into the Mann Center to see Passion Pit (from Boston, MA) play the large outdoor venue.
“Brahms” and “Tokyo Police Club” were the opening acts.
While we did not catch Brahms unfortunately but TPC certainly did not disappoint.
Just before 9:30 PM, Passion Pit took the stage to a roar of cheers.
Passion Pit’s last show in the Philly area (August 2009) was played at the much smaller First Unitarian Church, a fact that did not escape lead singer Michael Angelakos who marveled that the Mann was the largest venue they had ever played.
“Last time we were here, we played in a Church basement!” he remarked.
The humble Angelakos delivered a first class show, interacting with the fans (one fan even threw $20 on stage and told Angelakos it was a tip for such a great show) from beginning to end. You could tell that he was still amazed that he had transitioned from creating his first song in his college dorm-room (a gift to his then girlfriend) to rocking a major concert venue.
From the first song, to the last, fans danced and sang along with the band in what can only be described as a giant dance party, concert, and sauna rolled into one.
After leaving the stage, the band returned to play a three song encore which included a cover of the Cranberries’ “Dreams” and ended on fan favorite “Sleepy Head”.
While Passion Pit’s studio albums are wonderful in their own right, there is nothing quite like a live Passion Pit show. They next move on to play a sold-out show in Brooklyn, NY tomorrow night.
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