Monday night I found myself in Kansas City’s popular Uptown Theater, very cool venue by the way, anxiously awaiting the onstage arrival of Fleet Foxes. But of course, we first had to make it through the anonymous opening act. You know the band, the one with goofy lyrics, annoying or otherwise generic vocals, and all-in-all completely forgettable. That’s when something funny happened…
They totally killed.
Alela Diane took the stage as an attractive but somewhat unassuming young woman with her band, Wild Divine. The melodies were catchy, the harmonies were pleasant, and they seemed pros at knowing when to hold back and let the vocals do the work while also letting lose for a few jams.
The crowd was completely captivated. Normally you can hear the buzz of the crowd during the opening act as a sign of general apathy and boredom, but this was different. Silence. Except for the band that would receive the loudest ovation I’ve ever heard for an “anonymous” opening act.
All in all, they were the perfect opening act for Fleet Foxes matching their melodic tones and overall laid-back style. I would expect more from Alela Diane in the years to come.
So feel free to discuss Alela Diane or share thoughts on other “anonymous” opening acts that happened to catch your ear.
**Fleet Foxes were tremendous, in case you were wondering.