Larry at PROnetworks (the guy who recently shot that great footage of Michael Welch, Justin Chon, and Christian Serratos at the American Dream premiere) shot some amazing footage of the 100 Monkeys concert at Khyber in Philadelphia yesterday. 87 photos in all that totally capture the energy of the band.
Khyber is a really small space. We are guessing that it held about 150 people in a room that was about 15 feet wide and 100 feet long. The drop ceiling was also pretty low. All this lead to a very sweaty environment in the audience even with the A/C on.
Now if you think we were sweaty, imagine the band, 4 guys their amps and a row of fresnels (lights), and monitors that all put out heat. Seriously the stage lighting on the keyboard was practically on top of the keyboard. It’s a wonder the band could see a thing. You pretty much could have wrung them all out after the first 10 minutes. The guys were dripping wet after the second number, and we are sure the folks up at the front were sprayed quite a bit (not that they minded) every time the guys flicked their hair out of their face. However, other than commenting occasionally as they switched off instruments on how hot they were, you never would have known it. 100 Monkeys has energy like you wouldn’t believe. They are completely committed to their music and entertaining the crowd. They clearly feed off the energy.
Don’t just take our word for it, here’s what Larry had to say:
“The band features Ben Graupner, Jackson Rathbone, Jerad Anderson, and Ben Johnson, all of whom switch up on instruments throughout the show. For example, Rathbone started on drums, moved to guitar, then on to keyboards, back to guitar, and so on. All are excellent singers as well, with Rathbone primarily providing lead vocals.
…Fans came from as far away as California
for the gig, although most had traveled from points up and down the East Coast. I met some wonderful lades from Baltimore and Allentown, and was thrilled to finally see some folks from Twilight Moms and Twilight Lexicon in person.”
We are still editing the video footage that we saw and hope to have it up tomorrow. Good news is that there are more 100 Monkeys shows in the area and that the band will shortly be launching their website.
The latest show is in Allentown, PA on June 14 at 8:00 at the Crocodile Rock Cafe. Tickets are $10.00 (and in our opinion are easily worth double that) and even better, the show is open to all ages. So, under 21, no problem you can go! Buy the tickets before they sell out, because you know they will, and at $10.00 you can’t beat the price. Get the details here, and you can buy the tickets here.
The Lexicon is also going to have something incredible coming up in conjunction with the band, just working out the details.