On Sunday night I drove up to Royal Oak, Michigan to see OneRepublic perform with special guest, Sara Bareilles, and opening act, Alpha Rev. I hadn't seen Sara live in over a year, so I was really looking forward to her set. She came right out of the gate with her smash hit, Love Song. That was a pretty unusual yet smart move, because much of the crowd – who may not have been too familiar with her – became immediately excited to hear those recognizable opening keys on the piano.
Sara and her always tight band played for about 45 minutes. It was a real treat to hear four of her new songs from the upcoming Kaleidoscope Heart album, due in early September. She played new tracks King of Anything, Gonna Get Over You, Uncharted, and Let the Rain along with older favorites, Gravity and Vegas. Her set was unsurprisingly superb (as was her trademark wit), and I can't wait to see her and the band again in two weeks at Lilith Fair.
OneRepublic's high energy set was great as well. They're one of only a few current bands to rock a cello for pop songs, and it works quite well for them.
Lead singer Ryan Tedder – much more talented as a songwriter than a singer, in my opinion – may not have hit all the right notes in all the right places, but he sang them loud and with gumption. The crowd loved it, especially the group's performance of Marchin' On (from their current album, Waking Up) and their take on a Franz Ferdinand track, Take Me On.
The rest of their set (pictured below) included Everybody Loves Me, Stop & Stare, Secrets, Good Life (my personal favorite from the all-around stellar Waking Up album), All This Time, Made for You, All the Right Moves, Say, Apologize, Stand By Me (Ben E. King) / Seven Nation Army (White Stripes) mashup, and Waking Up. The band left the stage as the orchestral ending to the closing song played.
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