Brothers Johnny (accordion/keyboards), Jesse (drums), Danny (guitar) and Dylan (bass) Kongos always seem to introduce themselves quite simply on stage. They are a bit reserved, sarcastic at best and yet very gracious and talented.
“This room might be a little too big for us,” said Dylan. “But we’re still going to try and get it going on this Thursday night.”
Kongos did just that, starting off with “Hey, I Don’t Know,” a fast-paced and rhythmic tune off their second album, “Lunatic.”
The band was able to mix hard rocking alt-rock songs with slower ballads, and even collaborated with Mo Gordon, one of the band’s stage hands to mix together a classic Beatles song, “Eleanor Rigby” with Gordon rapping his own lyrics in between the chorus.
Having been to several Kongos shows, one thing they have that should be noted is consistency to excellence, and a consistency in adding new surprises to their show.
The band always does a great job not just in their sound, but with their visuals as well. Lighting is always spot on, and Thursday night the band even added video screens behind them to display images during their set.
Ending their show with what can be described quite literally as a bang, Kongos asked the whole crowd to jump along with them as they sang “I’m Only Joking,” one of their best songs in my opinion. To the surprise of the audience, me included, puffs of smoke shot into the air, making two rings (the rings matched the band’s logo) right on cue with the song’s familiar opening chant.
Overall, Kongos did a remarkable job and ended their tour on an extremely good note.