Saturday, September 4, 2010

Show Review - VV Brown w/ Kris Allen and Maroon 5 - 9/29/10 - Tribune Total Media Amphitheatre - Concert Review - Live Review

It was a pleasant end of summer surprise to see Maroon 5, Kris Allen, and VV Brown on Sunday the 29th at the Tribune Total Media Amphitheatre. There was a great turn out and not a cloud in the sky. It was a solid concert; all the acts brought the heat.

VV Brown was up first. She jogged to center stage with so much intensity and enthusiasm, it was impossible to pay attention to anything else. She commanded the stage, beautifully with a down to earth vibe I immediately connected with. In between funky-retro songs, she warmed the Pittsburgh crowd with her British accent, "I wrote this record in my bedroom. I produced this record in my bedroom." Her debut album, "Traveling Like the Light" (released July 2009), made up almost all of the set list except an enthralling cover of Coldplay's "Viva La Vida." Her song "Shark in the Water," and "Viva La Vida" really stood out. Her set seemed short, as all great opening acts do. However, I got a chance to meet her after she finished and to my delight she was just as sweet as she seemed during her performance.
When I heard the shrill cries of young girls I knew Kris Allen had taken the stage. I had zero expectations for this previous American Idol Contestant. He is a part of a genre I do not particularly adore, but I can admire when an artist can perform his or her songs live just as well recorded as Kris Allen did. The crowd loved every "ooo" and acoustic guitar feature. Granted, it was justified, Allen is a great performer and has a lot of talent. His stand out songs were his covers: Kanye West's "Heartless," The Beatles' "Come Together," and Michael Jackson's "Man In the Mirror."
Maroon 5 set me back a couple of years. I can remember loving "Songs About Jane" when it came out in 2002, but somewhere between graduating middle school and growing to like less accessible music, I lost interest. It was more than enjoyable, however, to see them perform live. I cannot stress enough how good the performance was. It was like a modern-day disco complete with a giant suspended disco ball. Theis set was fair, and sampled from all their releases. They also performed a cover of Alicia Key's "If I Ain't Got You" that was chill-inducing.
The show was a success in every sense of the word. It was a great experience, and a wonderful way to end the Summer.

-Laura Lee Burkhardt