DETROIT- Â As the house lights dimmed with fog billowing from the stage at Detroitâ€™s historic Saint Andrewâ€™s hall, fans in attendance for the sold-out stop of Circa Surviveâ€™s â€œBlue Sky Noiseâ€ tour had little idea of what laid ahead: a fantastic display of musicianship, community and otherwise all-around good time.
In a scene whose description may typically be reserved for an underground rave, those in attendance were treated to a magnificent concert complete with a brilliant light show, flying multi-colored balloons, frequent bursts of confetti and a sense of togetherness.Â Previously strangers, fans were brought together by a common theme.Â The love of great music.
As Anthony Green and company launched into the 90-minute set, fans were instantly treated with the first 3 tracks of the bandâ€™s most recent effort, Blue Sky Noise.Â Fans didnâ€™t have to wait long before the Philadelphia five-piece dove into their back catalog with old favorites such as â€œIn the Morning and Amazingâ€ and â€œHolding Someoneâ€™s Hair Backâ€.
In the predominantly Blue Sky Noise heavy set-list, the audience was treated to a multitude of concert surprises.Â The band was joined onstage by a fan club choir as Green strummed acoustically to â€œSpirit of the Stairwellâ€, enormous confetti-filled balloons bounced around the venue during â€œImaginary Enemyâ€ and fan favorites such as â€œIn Fear and Faithâ€ were plentiful.
In the midst of the encore, which kicked off with â€œCompendiumâ€ before leading into â€œDyed in the Woolâ€, Green expressed his gratitude while summing up the camaraderie-esque feeling of the evening.
â€œThis is one of the best times weâ€™ve ever played Detroit,â€ Green began.Â â€œItâ€™s unbelievable how honored we feel to come out here and do this for you.Â Weâ€™re only doing this â€˜cause we love music.Â We all love music; it makes us feel good.Â Thereâ€™s no distinction between us.â€
With that connection to the crowd, fans erupted in applause as the group jumped into their final song, â€œI Felt Freeâ€.
Kicking off the night was experimental instrumental metal band Animals as Leaders, whose engaging performance, thanks in no small part to the bandâ€™s impressive, tight musicianship, was met with warm reception. Segueing between Animals as Leaders and Circaâ€™s immediate opening act, dredg, was recently reunited Codeseven.
Circa Survive aside, the nightâ€™s best moments were provided by San Francisco four-piece progressive rockers dredg.Â Led by front man Gavin Hayes, the band received a warm reception in their set filled with an assortment of tracks both new and old.Â Despite a set consisting primarily of tracks from the bandâ€™s most recent album, Â The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion, fans were treated to older favorites such as â€œBug Eyesâ€ and â€œJamais Vuâ€.
When all was said and done, the concert stood as a reminder of what the music scene should be about.Â Coming together for a shared love of quality music and a great time.