Greta Van Fleet’s Enthralling Spectacle: A Night of Rock ‘n’ Roll Majesty

May 8th was stricken with tornado warnings forcing cancellation, but fortunately for myself, my daughter, and about 7,000 other members of The Peaceful Army, May 9th was a go!...

Words and Photos: Valerie Ryan

 

May 8th was marked by tornado warnings, necessitating cancellation. However, May 9th proved auspicious for myself, my daughter, and approximately 7,000 other attendees of The Peaceful Army. The Orion Amphitheater, a perennial spectacle, once again showcased its grandeur. The evening weather was impeccable, setting the stage for an enchanting experience.

The ambiance brimmed with electricity as fans adorned themselves in sequins, elegant attire, and elaborate face paint, while indulging in the bespoke libation of the evening – the BlackBerry Spritz Rising. Attending Mirador’s live performance was an unforeseen delight. Despite my initial unfamiliarity with the band, the palpable energy coursing through the audience was infectious.

Upon taking the stage, it became apparent that Jake Kiszka’s presence heightened the anticipation. Fans, both seasoned and new, eagerly brandished homemade signs proclaiming their allegiance to “The Mirador Experience.” Witnessing a member of the headlining act perform with the opening band was a rarity, yet it imbued the evening with an added buzz.

Mirador’s performance was characterized by seamless cohesion, captivating harmonies, and riveting riffs, leaving the audience enraptured. Their infectious enthusiasm was palpable, exemplifying a profound commitment to their craft. Particularly noteworthy was the soulful resonance of “Roving Blade,” evoking echoes of musical luminaries like 2012 Uncle Lucius intertwined with the spirit of ABB’s Whipping Post.

As the night unfolded, Mirador transcended the role of mere opener, establishing themselves as a formidable musical force. Their performance not only met but exceeded expectations, leaving a lasting impression and igniting anticipation for their future endeavors.

Geese’s eclectic performance spanned genres, encompassing elements of punk, blues, and rock. While their set showcased vocalist Cameron Winter’s impressive range, my personal affinity gravitated towards the blues-infused allure of “Gravity Blues.”

In contrast to the pyrotechnic-laden extravagance that awaited, Geese’s understated yet compelling performance set the stage for the evening’s main act. From the moment Greta Van Fleet graced the stage, an aura of rock ‘n’ roll enchantment enveloped the amphitheater.

Pyrotechnics illuminated the stage, complementing Josh Kiszka’s evocative vocals, which, while reminiscent of the iconic Led Zeppelin, bespoke the band’s unique sonic identity. Having witnessed their progression from the Dreams in Gold tour of 2022 to the present day, the evolution of their performance was undeniable, characterized by heightened dynamism and unrivaled showmanship.

Greta Van Fleet’s meteoric rise to prominence underscored their ability to captivate audiences with their larger-than-life presence. Their genuine connection with fans was palpable throughout the evening, epitomized by moments such as Josh distributing roses and Jake engaging in effortless interaction.

Wagner’s virtuosic drum solo further accentuated the band’s musical prowess, solidifying his status as one of the preeminent drummers of his generation. The acoustic interlude, featuring Josh’s rendition of “Unchained Melody,” offered a poignant respite amidst the evening’s electrifying spectacle.

Drawing from their extensive repertoire, Greta Van Fleet delivered a performance that catered to fan expectations while leaving an indelible mark on the musical landscape. Their concert at the Orion Amphitheater transcended mere entertainment, culminating in an unforgettable experience.

The band’s unwavering commitment to their craft and genuine appreciation for their fan base foreshadows continued success and further accolades in the music industry. Until then, Farewell for Now.

 

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