In the midst of their international concert and festival tour, Alt-J stopped by Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater to play to a packed and energized crowd. English Indie-rock band, Alt-J have been exciting fans around the world with their unique combination of traditional band instruments and electronic beats/sounds. Alt-J serves as a great example of “post-internet bands”, groups that combine older and newer forms of music to create their own niche role and sound within the music community. Their concert performance highlighted both old and new aspects of their music with a modern killer light show.
I often use my Monday’s for relaxation and a chance to prepare for the rest of the week. However this Monday, I found myself venturing to the hip, Southern Charlotte area known as “South End”. South End is a developing cultural hub in Charlotte, filled with a number of small musical venues and bars. The Amphitheatre (of course) is the largest venue. This was my first time here. It’s ability to maintain the structure and acoustics of a larger, outdoor venue was impressive. But it still keeps an urban feel with a skyline view. I would recommend anyone in the Charlotte area catch a show here.
Best Feature: Light Show
Alt-J’s performance did a great job highlighting the combination of newer and older musical influences in their songs. The guitars and drums were hooked up to booming amplifiers, producing traditional shredding guitar and drum solos. However, the most impressive aspect of the performance was the modern yet vibrant light show. Alt-J used a vivid EDM-esque light, synchronized to the electronic beats within their songs. It really enhanced the overall concert experience, creating an energized and upbeat Monday-night crowd.
I thoroughly enjoyed Alt-J’s concert performance and would highly encourage anyone to see them. Their combination of new and old school music creates a one-of-a-kind atmosphere that all ages and fans can enjoy.
Ross Jeffries is currently a rising senior at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursuing an Honors B.A in Political Science. Ross is an Account Management Associate at Creative Allies. Charlotte-born, Ross is drawn to the exciting sporting and entertainment opportunities at Creative Allies and its surrounding areas. He has worked with a variety of non-profit youth sports camps and one day hopes to create one of his own.
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