The Black Keys with Jake Bugg
Venue: Key Arena at Seattle Center
Date: November 1, 2014
The first time I got to hear and see The Black Keys was in 2009 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.
Boy, how this band has grown! Back then, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney were a simple 2-piece band that pounded out a mix of garage blues.
Now, touring behind its eighth record album, “Turn Blue”, these two rockers from Akron, Ohio are filling venues across North America with their infectious rockin’ fuzz blues!
The Black Keys performed at Key Arena at the Seattle Center, opening with the pulsating beat of Patrick Carney on his colorful drum kit and Dan Auerbach out front on vocals and sizzling guitar, you’d think the roof was going to be blown off. Augmenting this powerful sonic blast were Richard Swift on Bass Guitar and John Clement Wood on an assortment of instruments.
The concert was comprised mostly of songs from their past three albums, “Brothers”, “El Camino” and “Turn Blue”. In 2011, “Brothers” was the Grammy winner for the Best Alternative Music Album and in 2013, “El Camino” received the Grammy for Best Rock Album and this concert was showcasing all the success that has come there way.
Watching the audience take in this performance, people of all ages were dancing in their seats and on the main floor, everyone having a groovy time. Watching the band, they truly know how to bring their audience along with a tight and energetic set. The visuals from the stage were just as impressive, a very nice mix of color, video screens and curtain changes that provided a nice pace to the show, tying it all together.
Opening the evening was Jake Bugg, a young singer who presented some great sounding tunes and some excellent guitar rifts. Certainly an up and coming musician who in time could be someone we hear more from in the future.
For a complete set list from this show: http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/the-black-keys/2014/keyarena-seattle-wa-63cc22e3.html
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