In review: Fun. concert

Jake Freeman, head photographer, print opinion editor, blogger

On January 23, Minnesotans packed into the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul for the sold out Fun. Concert and I was lucky enough to be in the audience. I arrived at the venue half an hour before doors and was shocked by the massive amount of people waiting to see the “Some Nights” and “We Are Young” hit makers.

Doors opened promptly at 7:30 PM and all forms of organized entry rapidly fell apart. My friend and I slipped in front of hundreds of concert goers and ended up being some of the first people in the venue. We quickly made our way into the pit and stood roughly ten feet from the stage.

The first thing I noticed upon settling into our spots was that the crowd of people at the concert was peculiar and unusual both in looks and attire. Eavesdropping on their conversations left me feeling annoyed.

The opening act was the former lead vocalist and pianist for Jack’s Mannequin, Andrew McMahon. McMahon’s music was absolutely horrific. I couldn’t contain my laughter once he started playing. His voice and facial expressions were a joke in their own right, though the crowd seemed to know his music quite well.

By the time Fun. took the stage I was ready to go home. My ears were still recovering from Andrew McMahon and the people around me were driving me insane. The second Nate Ruess took the stage all my reservations and rancid thoughts turned to ash and I was filled with happiness. His voice was angelic to say the least and the light show was divine. From three-dimensional stars to fireworks and flames, I was dazzled by the complexity of the light show.

For the remainder of their set I danced and sang my heart out. Ruess was constantly smiling throughout the show and kept remarking on how amazing of a crowd we were. For their encore Fun. came back onto the stage wearing Minnesota Wild jerseys to show their love for the Twin Cities. Right before exiting the stage, Ruess promised a return to Minnesota before the end of the year and I can’t wait for Fun.’s return.