By Nicole LaChance
When a band is named fun., one should expect their concerts to be entertaining. Fun., the band of Nate Ruess (previously the lead singer of The Format), certainly met that expectation during their sold-out show at The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor. The show, which was on Feb. 25, was a special headlining show.
The show itself got off to a little bit of a rocky start. The doors were opened about 20 minutes later than planned, which made for a cold and slightly irritated crowd. Once everyone got inside, opening band Cheap Girls gave a mediocre performance. The guitars were turned up so loud the audience couldn’t even hear the vocals, something one man pointed out.
However, the audience’s mood was elevated when fun. took the stage. Immediately, the crowd started singing along and the club was fun.’s domain. The band played almost every song from their album “Aim and Ignite.” Ruess and keyboardist Andrew Dost even harmonized and played a few of The Format’s songs, which garnered a lot of applause from the audience.
One of the great things about fun.’s performance was the energy given off by the band members. Ruess is a master front man, whether he is getting in the crowd or leading a sing-a-long. Even when there are no vocals, all attention was still on Ruess and his outrageous dance moves. The other members of the band, instead of just stoically playing, did a good deal of moving around.
Another highlight of the concert is that the audience got to feel as if they were part of the show. At one point, each section was asked to sing a different point of the chorus. Other times, Ruess would point his mic into the crowd and let them take the lead. The lack of unnecessary talking between songs was also a benefit of the concert. All in all, fun. put an entertaining show that was a delight to both watch and listen to.