"You come here and you feel like you're in a dream," Bleachers' lead singer Jack Antonoff said to a sold-out Boulder Theater crowd on May 30, then launched into "I Miss Those Days," a hit from the 2017 album, "Gone Now."
This was Bleachers second-only Boulder show (first one was at the Fox Theatre in 2015) and it was engaging and entertaining from the start of the night.
Opener Diet Cig played a handful of songs, priming the audience for the pop numbers to come with their catchy lyrics and stage presence. The band is made up of drummer Noah Bowman and lead singer/guitarist Alex Luciano. Frontwoman Luciano was fun to watch and her enthusiasm clearly transferred to the crowd.
Bleachers followed the single-opening act by starting its set with "Goodmorning," one of the more popular songs from "Gone Now," the band's second album. This got the audience pumped for a series of songs alternating between "Gone Now" and the group's debut album, "Strange Desire."
Following a strong performance of "Wake Me," Antonoff, formerly from the band fun., addressed the crowd: "Boulder is special," he said, to strong applause. Antonoff said Bleachers loves playing in Colorado.
The other band members took the spotlight during a couple songs, including for several saxophone solos by Evan Smith as he was cheered on by the crowd. A little different makeup for most pop groups, Bleachers has two drummers, and they complemented each other well with back-and-forth drumming sets that pumped up the crowd.
The varying musical elements and engaging light displays all seemed to culminate into one of the most well-received songs of the night, "Rollercoaster." A single from 2014, it is probably among the best-known songs by the band.
Antonoff next took a step back in time to play "Carry On," a song from the band that helped launch his career, fun. The throwback slowed down the momentum of the show until an epic guitar vs. saxophone battle that directly transitioned into Bleachers' most successful single "I Wanna Get Better," followed by the final song of the night, "Don't Take the Money," from "Gone Now."
Bleachers ended the night on a high note with two of its more popular songs. Antonoff and company know what it takes to put on a show: slowing it down at the right time then ramping it up at the end.
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