After their June appearance at the House of Blues, The Airborne Toxic Event makes it’s way back to Vegas, this time in a concert special that is 100% free.
Local rock and alternative station, X107.5 hosted the free X-Fest listener event at the Sunset Station outdoor amphitheater on Saturday, which featured the bands Sleeper Agent, Redlight King, Otherwise and headlined Los Feliz, CA band; The Airborne Toxic Event.
For weeks prior to the event, listeners called in and signed up with the station to win tickets or had the option to stop by Ford Country in the Valley Auto Mall and receive tickets with any test drive.
After tickets were in hand, fans and listeners headed over to lawns of the Sunset amphitheater for the two-hour concert. While the three opening bands gave a great performance of their own artistic vibe, the headlining band TATE was what drew in the loudest fans.
As it was pointed out to me prior to their show; some concerts you go to see the band and some concerts you go to hear the band, after attending TATE’s second concert in Vegas this year, it is with out a doubt that TATE is a band you go to hear. With their indie rock melodies, head banging beats and classical sounding undertone, they send out a musical reverberation that is nothing less than an auditory indulgence.
As they were introduced to the crowd, they jumped up on stage, diving straight into their first song, All I Ever Wanted, with not a moment to loose.
While much of the crowd appeared more enthusiastic about the buckets of beer and concept of a free concert than the bands performing, the evening provided a great concert that left fans wanting more.
Despite the event being a free performance, TATE did much more than jump on stage, sing a few songs and leave. Throughout the concert, lead singer Mikel Jollett gazed around the venue’s crowd, as if absorbing every moment and analyzing those in attendance, interacting with members of the audience occasionally between songs. Drummer, Daren Taylor, Bass player Noah Harmon and Jollett, jumped onto the drum platform for a three-person drum solo, Anna Bulbrook head banged while playing the keyboard without missing a beat, and Steven Chen jumped to all platforms and speakers blasting the sounds of his guitar.
Their set was on a short 1-hour time frame but they managed to fit in as many songs as possible, moving without any hesitation from one song to the next and ending their set with a handful of short covers including I Fought the Law.
Just in case all that didn’t get the crowds full attention, Jollett took it to the next level and went to the extreme of climbing up the side of the stage’s metal framing and up to the top spotlights, where he delivered an entire song to the crowd from overhead.
With nothing less than an exceptional stage presence and superb compilation of their best songs, TATE left crowds looking forward to their next Vegas performance and intrigued as to who will be brought out for the next X-Fest.