On Friday, October 18, the Hollywood Palladium hosted a sold out show headlined by Walk the Moon. The Palladium has been around for over 70 years, and is one of Los Angeles' most beloved venues. Back in the day, this spot served as a center for music and culture. Frank Sinatra sang there in its early years, and it became a hub for Latin music performances in the '50s. The Lawrence Welk Show was recorded on the Palladium stage, and in the '80s and '90s, the Palladium hosted a multitude of punk rock, heavy metal, and rap concerts.
Today, the Palladium continually puts on some of the greatest shows in the country, and the Walk the Moon show did not fail to fulfill the high standards this venue calls for. The show opened with Smallpools, a fresh indie-pop band that produced their first single this past July. Their mellow chords and electronic beats offered a smooth start to the show and started the night out right.
Following Smallpools was the eight piece band, The Mowgli's, who play alternative rock with an indie flare. The Mowgli's had infectious energy, and were humbly honored to be performing in their hometown and on the Palladium stage. Their fun-loving, peaceful vibe spread through the room, and the audience loved their sound and lively dancing.
When Walk the Moon finally took the stage, the audience packed as close to the stage as they could. The band played many of the fan favorites, and also introduced some new songs to test audience approval. Their set did not disappoint, and the whole room filled with flashing lights, and booming electronic sounds that the band is known for. The audience loved every minute of the show, and called for an encore, which the band happily obliged to. The band focused on letting their music flow into the audience to replace negative energy from the outside stress that each member came in with, and they promoted the idea that music is reformative and energy altering.
The bands that played were professional and fun, and the venue was clean and accessible to all concert attendees. The line wrapped around the block before the doors opened, and the concert was sold out, so clearly all of the parties involved in putting on this great show knew what they were doing, and they succeeded in pulling off an excellent night of entertainment.