Beat Connection with White Arrows and Teen Daze @ 7th St Entry
July 15, 2012
Never was a night at the 7th Street so filled with dancing as Sunday, July 15th. Teen Daze and White Arrows opened for Beat Connection, and regardless of their stylistic differences, each group got the crowd moving like there was no tomorrow. Teen Daze bravely took the stage first to an audience that was…less than crowded…but throughout his set of pulsating beats and overarching, soothing synthetic drone, the few who were there silently agreed that those who weren’t should regret it. White Arrows followed the warm up to an audience who had thankfully grown in size, as the Dirty Projectors show next door had about come to a close. The band put on a lively performance full of soaring melodies, magically understated vocals, and complete with visuals of hypnotizing projections over the stage. At one point, the bassist even jumped off the stage to dance through the crowd while waving his red, flashing tambourine to the beat. Playing mostly off of their newest and only full length, Dry Land is Not a Myth, each and every song delivered exactly what the audience wanted, including dance-ability. You can witness a White Arrows performance first hand by viewing their in-studio they did with us before the show at www.radiok.org/instudios. Finally, Beat Connection walked on stage and anyone in the room could feel the buzz of excitement in the audience – which had filled out by this time. Whether they were playing songs from their new album, or older tracks, each one was received with wild applause and cheers. The only seemingly worth-while way to describe the music is infectious. It was impossible to tell the difference between someone who had listened to Beat Connection for years and someone who had never heard of them before walking into the room, because every body on the floor was alive with motion. When the band left the stage after their set, chants for more filled the venue. After only a minute or two, they couldn’t resist coming back to do a few more, ending with a collaborative jam bringing White Arrows and Teen Daze back on stage. Without a doubt, each of these bands is worth seeing again next time they roll through Minneapolis. But if they keep charming crowds the way they did last night, I’m certain the room will be full from the get-go next time.
Written by Alex Dziura, Radio K volunteer