Written by S.Renée
Miami’s Grand Central was nothing short of a circus as American rock band of Montreal consumed their fans with an electric performance Saturday evening at the downtown event venue. The warehouse style building was packed with listeners aged 18+, even ranging into older generations, as I spotted a few “could be the parents of some of the attendees” aged individuals in the crowd. Headlined by creator and band frontman Kevin Barnes, the multi-assembled group came fully equipped with keyboardists, background singers, bassists, guitarists, and even more interesting, a crew of “performers” – individuals dressed in costumes entering and exiting the stage every 10 minutes or so, presumably acting out themes relevant to the current selection. Almost more intriguing than the musical and vocal offerings, the costumes included clowns, three headed horses, priests, cops & robbers, angels and demons, and all of the in-between. One suit even featured Barnes atop of the shoulders of another performer, fully concealed & singing in all white, until his presence was revealed, and he was placed back on the stage, sending the crowd into cheers and applause. The mood is the room was excited, antsy, and fully pleased, with balloon props floating in the air, being bounced around like beach balls, and at one point Barnes stripping his shirt away to the screams and frenzied howls of his most hysteria-stricken lady fans. The music rocked the crowd all night, and of Montreal definitely left their fans wanting more…the perfect performance!