Channel 93.3’s annual Not So Silent Night 2012 (held Thursday night at 1stBank Center in Broomfield) was one of the best in recent memory—not to mention one of the best attended. Approximately 7000 people crammed into the arena to see 6-time Grammy nominees fun. perform for what fans were told was the largest headlining crowd for which the band has played thus far.
The evening kicked off with local act Churchill, who won the opening slot as winners of last year’s Hometown For the Holidays contest. Recently signed to A&M Octone Records, the band won the crowd over quickly with a lively set before having to scramble out of town later that evening to resume an ongoing tour.
Next up were up-and-coming Icelandic act Of Monsters and Men, who continued the evening’s momentum with their captivating blend of indie folk and pop. Understated yet energetic, the six-piece act had the crowd dancing and singing along to tunes like “Dirty Paws,” “Mountain Sound” and “Little Talks.”
Not So Silent Night typically celebrates local music as well has bringing in national acts each year. During the break between Churchill and Of Monsters and Men, Channel 93.3 DJs Nerf and Alf came onstage with local hip-hop act Air Dubai to announce the band’s recent signing to Hopeless Records, as well as to announce the Top Ten local bands in the running for this year’s Hometown For the Holidays. You can see the list of bands and listen to their singles by clicking here.
Fun. definitely lived up to their name, turning in a high-energy performance filled with lights, sound, and a highly energized crowd singing the hooks to songs like “Carry On,” “Why Am I the One” and “Some Nights.” Throughout the set, the band appeared just as energetic as the crowd, as frontman Nate Reuss numerous times seemed barely able to contain his excitement over the size and enthusiasm of the audience. As the band’s last headlining show of 2012, this seemed to be the perfect close to an already amazing year for fun.
Predictably (but appropriately), the band saved their smash hit “We Are Young” for the encore, then closed the show with a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”—a rather ironic song choice considering this is a band that has gotten far more than they could have dreamed of this year.
The dynamics of live shows are always different, and despite the quality of a performance, a band and audience can fail to connect for any of a number of reasons that are impossible to predict. This year’s Not So Silent Night was a show in which everything just seemed to click; the lineup, the crowd, and the overall energy combined to make it one of the most memorable live shows in Denver this year.