Rockscope - The Concretes @ The Blue Lamp - March 6, 2011 - Sacramento, CA
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The Concretes @ The Blue Lamp

March 6, 2011 - Sacramento, CA

by Samantha Saturday

The Concretes @ The Blue Lamp - Sacramento, CA - March 3, 2011 - Photos by Samantha Saturday

Having a charming, internationally known band like The Concretes pay a visit to Sacramento is always a treat. Fresh off Pacific Northwest dates, the Swedish pop-rockers graced the tiny stage at The Blue Lamp last Thursday. While the band usually consists of eight members, the group was whittled down to six for the live performance. Forgoing their additional female backup singers, The Concretes instead chose to keep it simple with singer Lisa Milberg on main vocals.

Surprisingly, the group opted to stick to their more sombre ballads with only a few up-tempo tunes, including 2004's "Say Something New," mixed in. While I had imagined local fans to be overjoyed to see the band in such an intimate venue, the crowd remained aloof during the set. The audience hardly responded when Milberg sweetly suggested everyone should move a little just before beginning their newest single "All Day" off WYWH. Despite the overly mellow crowd, Milberg announced that this was the band's first time in Sacramento and they "love it here."

Even though the Sacramento crowd remained fairly still during the show, the vibe within the room was definitely warming. Seeing Milberg and her bandmates exchange smiles that emanated like rays of sunlight brought a fuzzy feeling to the room. ~ Samantha

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