For the first time in a few years, Rilo Kiley made their way back to the valley as a whole. While Jenny had done some shows and so had the Elected, the parts make a different sound than the whole.
The openers, Grand Ole Party and The Bird and The Bee were both quite good. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a drummer that really can sing as well and a girl bassist.
Really it was a great night for female beat keepers. Both Kristin (Grand Ole Party) and Inara (Bird and Bee) had on very cool ’60s mod dresses.
As for Rilo Kiley, they had their themed stage with strobes and everything, Jenny in her super-short shorts and vest and super bright orange nail polish, everyone else in their suit-ish things.
The set list:
It’s A Hit
Portions For Foxes
At this point, Blake said that this next song was a song about breaking up with someone over the phone.
Wires and Waves
Jenny left the stage and Blake had a discussion with some audience members who had driven in from Flagstaff (“I’m not sure what to do with that information,” he said) and then they handed him a Polaroid, of himself from a few moments before.
With Arms Outstreched
During which, Jenny leaned out over the audience several times, and invited the audience to sing along.
During which a roadie produced two giant balloons filled with metallic glitter which were set out like beach balls until they burst into clouds of confetti, making Jenny laugh.
Jenny said “This song was written about a friend who is here with us in this building.
Give A Little Love
She asked if anyone was 15 years old, and then decided that the girl in the front who raised her hand was too sweet to have this song dedicated to her, so John Paul was 15 and he was going to play the saxophone.
She stopped again, to talk about how they had “stayed at the (Hotel) Congress” the night before and “really tied ’em on, so we’re a little hungover up here.”
Blake tried to (probably to stop her from saying something she didn’t need to), during this conversation to introduce the next song, saying it was a “cover by someone pretty popular” and that it was “dope.”
Rise Up With Fists!!!
Blake thanked everyone and said that they were all going to be home tomorrow and thanks for being the last crowd they’d see.
Blake suggested that instead of buying a shirt of theirs that we should buy one of the opening act’s albums because they were great.
Does He Love You?
As soon as she was done singing, Jenny slipped off stage, blowing a kiss. The song ended and the rest of the band followed. I was a little surprised about the un-finality of the whole ending. It felt like they should have come back out again or something. Like they weren’t really sure the show was over or not.
The Bird and the Bee
Grand Ole Party