The freezing temperatures of Norfolk were heated up with hot bands from the indie-folk-rock scene at the annual 96X Winter Meltdown concert.
The sold out show featured six bands that came to ODU’s Ted Constant Center on Nov. 28. Headliners consisted of Fun., Silversun Pickups, Of Monsters and Men, Imagine Dragons and Hampton Roads’ own, The Last Bison.
Each band had around a 30-minute set, except for Fun. who had a full hour. DJ Jey One performed mash-up mixes in between performances.
New York based concert headliner Fun. performed popular hits such as “We Are Young,” “Some Nights” and “Carry On” off their second album “Some Nights.” The band’s songs have been featured in a Chevrolet Super Bowl ad and covered on Fox’s “Glee.” The band has been around since 2007 with their first album release in 2009, but experienced a quick jump to fame this year.
“I was most excited to see Fun. I still can’t believe they did ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ and the encore of ‘Some Nights’ was perfect,” ODU senior Casey Racette said.
Fun.’s “Some Nights” become the first alternative rock song to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart since Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida” in 2008. The band is led by Nathan Ruess, and accompanied by band members Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff.
Of Monsters and Men is a six-piece indie folk/pop band from Iceland that plays more instruments than they have members. Their set was a fluid mix of upbeat, catchy songs and heartfelt, slower tunes. The crowd danced and sang along to their well-known song “Little Talks,” which has hit the Top 20 lists in over five countries and peaked at number one on the U.S. alternative list.
Silversun Pickups has a heavily distorted sound and a male lead singer with an androgynous voice. They played their fan favorites, including “Panic Switch,” “The Pit” and “Lazy Eye.” The band formed in 2002 and was nominated in the Best New Artist category for the 52nd Grammy Awards in 2009.
Imagine Dragons played a drum heavy set early on in the show. Lead singer, Dan Reynolds, was suffering from an infection, which should have kept him from singing, but he pulled through. By the end of the set, he was visibly in pain, but finished strong with the band’s radio hit “It’s Time.” When introducing the song, Reynolds was grateful to 96X for being the first radio station to premiere it.
Hampton Roads’ native, The Last Bison, started the night off inside the Ted while bands Atlas Genius and The Aragona Project performed on the Monster Energy Pre-Party Outside Stage from 3:30 p.m. until doors opened at 5:30 p.m.
The 96X Winter Meltdown was sponsored by RVCA, Monster Energy, Epic Productions, These4Guys, Eastern Truck and Accessories and the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
By: Alyssa Narvell & Jessica Starr
Arts & Entertainment Editor & Copy Editor