Passion Pit Puts Manners on Display at the Mann

Rockin the Mann Music Center
Passion Pit (about to take the stage)

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.

Packed House at the Mann Music Center
Long View
Long View 2

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.

"Toyko Police Club" at the Mann Music Center
David Monks: Lead Singer of Toyko Police Club
David Monks of Toyko Police Club

“Brahms” and “Tokyo Police Club” were the opening acts.

Can You Feel It?
The Band
Michael Angelakos

While we did not catch Brahms unfortunately but TPC certainly did not disappoint.

Passion Pit
Double Your Passion
Double Your Fun

Just before 9:30 PM, Passion Pit took the stage to a roar of cheers.

Audience Passion
Dancing In The Dark
Drum & Bass
Rockin Out

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.

I See The Light
Hit the High Note
Simon Says...

“Last time we were here, we played in a Church basement!” he remarked.

Michael Angelakos 2
Magic in the Air
The Kneeling

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.

Michael Angelakos 3
You Sing
You Sing Louder

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.

Up in Lights
True Blue
Red Riff
Passion Pit

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”.

Covering the Cranberries
Cranberry Red
End of Set

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.

Encore
Encore! We Want More
Encore! We Want More!

MANN CENTER SETLIST:

I’ve Got Your Number
Make Light
Better Things
The Reeling
Moth’s Wings
Swimming in the Flood
To Kingdom Come
Let Your Love Grow Tall
Folds in Your Hands
Smile Upon Me
Little Secrets
 
Encore:
 
Eyes As Candles
Dreams
Sleepyhead
Wailing Away
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