Kaleo’s indie-rock flourish Sunday at 20 Monroe Live ended a week that boasted stops by Helmet, Yes, Blondie and Herbie Hancock, plus local showcases in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. The images at Local Spins.
Icelandic rock band Kaleo put on a high-powered show for a huge crowd Sunday night at 20 Monroe Live — a display that many fans likely won’t soon forget.
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First, award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Mangan took the stage to unfurl moving vocals and powerfully written lyrics. The guy who walked up alone onto the stage with just an acoustic guitar literally took command of the room, with the crowd impressively silent as he poured out his heart to his newest fans.
But when headlining act Kaleo took the stage following Mangan, the band was ready to rev up the room.
Performing their own blend of blues, roots, and rock in front of a background image of their native Iceland, the members of Kaleo played songs from their debut album and beyond, with fans singing back every word of their favorites, from “Hot Blood” to their runaway hit, “Way Down We Go.” – Matt Marn
PHOTO GALLERY: Kaleo, Dan Mangan at 20 Monroe Live
Photos by Jamie Geysbeek
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