Can One Mann Foster The People? All Signs Point to Yes.
The Mann Music Center is our favorite concert venue in Philadelphia and on Thursday, June 14th, they hosted some of our favorite acts, Kimbra, Tokyo Police Club, and Foster the People.
The lots surrounding the Mann were jam packed with cars and fans by the time the gates opened at 7pm and a buzz was already building by the time Kimbra took the stage around 730pm.
Best known for her vocals on Gotye’s smash hit “Somebody That I Used To Know” (which has hit #1 on the charts in over 20 countries) Kimbra’s recent debut album “Vows” is a force in its own right. The guitar-playing singer-songwriter from New Zealand has a hauntingly beautiful voice, deep and soulful at one moment, and fierce the next.
Her 30 minute performance was the perfect start to the evening.
At 8:20pm Tokyo Police Club (from Toronto, ON) took the stage as the Mann continued to fill up. We’d had a chance to see TPC at the Mann once before and this performance from the Canadian alt-rockers was every bit as good as the first.
At 9pm there was a lengthy break of about 30 minutes while the crew prepared the stage for the headliners. At this point the lower bowl, upper terrace, and every inch of the lawn was packed with people. It was one of the largest crowds we’ve seen at the Mann. While many of the fans in attendance were on the younger side, there was no shortage of people in line to stock up on beers before the music continued.
Just after 930pm, Foster the People hit the stage to a roar of cheers from the audience. Mark Foster, Cubbie Fink, Mark Pontius and the rest of the touring band have a ton of energy on stage. Foster bounced around the stage during the 90 minute performance as he sang, played guitar, piano, and drums. It took less than one song before he’d worked himself into a sweat.
Set against a stunning backdrop of lasers, lights, digital screens, and inflatable men, Foster the People played a twelve song set. Kimbra returned to the stage towards the end to join them on “Warrior”. After a brief pause, they returned to the stage for a two song encore, finishing out the night with their biggest hit “Pumped Up Kicks”.
It’s hard to imagine that any of their fans left the show at the end of the night feeling anything less than exuberant.
You can view Foster the People’s set-list and a full photo gallery below:
Life on the Nickel
I Would Do Anything for You
Call It What You Want
Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls)
Warrior (with Kimbra)
Pumped Up Kicks