Four band performance rocks the Slowdown

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By Natali Bianco, Entertainment Editor

Everyone from hippies to hipsters poured into the Slowdown on March 6 to see Oh No Fiasco, Midi Matilda, Shiny Toy Guns and The Dirty Heads.

Only about an hour after the show started, the admissions window pulled down the “sold out” sign.

Unfortunately the opening band, Oh No Fiasco saw the smallest crowd.  This is a usual occurance for opening bands, but I stress “unfortunately” because Oh No Fiasco, for lack of better words, really, really brought it.

I must admit, prior to the show, I wasn’t a die-hard Oh No Fiasco fan.  I had watched a couple of videos and I liked their music. But after seeing the performance, their stock went way up. Their energy had a way of making you feel excited even though you weren’t doing anything but standing.

 Their sound is rhythmic and powerful.  The female vocals of Lindsey Stamey are the strongest element of their music. I hate to bring up comparisons, but Hayley Williams of Paramore definitely comes to mind.

At one point, a band member laid on the ground with his feet in the air, holding a keyboard while keyboardist Kamryn Cunningham played. Later, Stamey stepped off stage, into the crowd and continued her performance from the audience, dancing and singing with fans.

Later, when the Shiny Toy Guns took the stage, everyone made their way from the bar to the arena.  The Shiny Toy guns had a good group dynamic, but not much audience interaction.

The peak of the band-fan connection came when lead singer, Carah Faye, spit water all over the front row.

The Shiny Toy Guns did however give a shout out to the Omaha’s impressive indie-music scene, referencing Saddlecreek Records and Bright Eyes.

The Dirty Heads came out of the gate swinging, performing their most recent single first, “Dance All Night.”

This was the perfect start to their show. Fans were moving more than they had throughout the entire night.

The Dirty Heads’ funky, raggae-rap, danceable, So-Cal music proved to be the perfect recipe to turn the night into a party. By this point, the bar area was completely desolate and everyone was singing along and dancing.

Surprisingly, the single that put the Dirty Heads on the map, “Lay Me Down,” wasn’t their finale.  It was pretty apparent that I wasn’t the only one surprised by this, when “Lay Me Down” ended, fans started heading backwards towards the exit, but were stopped in their tracks. At this point, I’m thinking, “What song is going to top that?”

Well, as it turns out, the Dirty Heads know their fans all too well because “Check The Level” from their album, “Any Port in a Storm” sent the energy level through the roof, which left fans on the perfect note as they dispersed.

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