The solo project of 23 year old artist Lorely Rodriguez, Empress Of, opened for Jungle last night, October 9th, at First Avenue in Minneapolis.
The soft spoken, soprano voiced, New York native. Lorely really had the crowd warmed up in time for Jungle’s performance later in the night. A mellow electronic feel that really made you dance for every minute of her set.
Empress Of’s set lasted for a good 45 minutes. The music never slowed down, the tempo was steadily upbeat, and the hips were always moving.
Jungle, the YouTube sensations that you would probably be familiar with because of their amazing music videos that feature some of the most talented performers you’ve ever seen, stole the show. As they walked on stage, “Smoking Pixels”, the only instrumental song from their first, self titled album, was playing. Everyone was cheering. Opening up with their song, “Platoon“, the crown went crazy and instantly burst out into dance. The whole show seemed like a giant dance party.
This modern soul music collective from London, consists of two main artists. Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland are the main vocalists, who play guitar and keyboards. The stage was filled with seven people total. The basist Fraser MacColl, two backup vocalists, a drummer and a bongo player. They’re such a diverse band with a very unique sound.
Playing through every single song from their album, everyone knew that only one song remained. Probably their most popular single to date, “Busy Earnin'”. Everyone knew it was coming, and everyone was prepared. The Mainroom was jumping. Literally! Jungle commanded an audience with a very memorable moments through the whole night.
Last night marked Jungle’s one year anniversary of being a band. It was their second time in Minneapolis, and you could tell how thankful they were and that they enjoyed their stay. After closing their set, they came back on for an encore, and played their newest single, “Time” again. This time it was for ten minutes. And boy, it was ten minutes well spent. I’m really looking foreword to seeing them a third time. Jungle is quickly becoming my favorite.