What do you call five incredible bands all performing together at the Santa Barbara Bowl? The KJEE Summer Roundup. Sunday, May 17th marked the eleventh annual KJEE Summer Roundup, a six hour concert involving five bands performing one after another from 5pm to 10pm. The sold out show was opened by The Blues and Greys, a local Santa Barbara band. Following their performance was Family of the Year. While most of their songs are not widely known, Family of the Year gained recent fame when their song, Hero, which was featured in the movie Boyhood. Their music is characterized by an indie-rock style which bodes well with your typical KJEE listeners.
Walk the Moon, who was next in the lineup, really changed the atmosphere at the Bowl; they really amped up the crowd and got almost everyone out of their seat and on their feet. Walk the Moon is most commonly known for their songs Anna Sun and Shut Up and Dance, both of which were real crowd pleasers at Summer Roundup. It is not often that Walk the Moon songs are not accompanied by dancing; their music is fast paced with very rhythmic beats.
Up to this point there hadn’t really been any visual effects due to the fact that it was still light out, but by the time Banks, the next artist, came on stage the light was just starting to disappear and she was able to incorporate some lighting. Banks by far had the most unique sound of the show, in that her style was different from that of her fellow performers. She had a musical style similar to that of Lorde’s except Banks was a little more dark, whereas Lorde is rather upbeat. The lighting really contributed to the dark/pop/alternative style by utilizing a lot of deep red.
Closing the show was the highly anticipated headliner, Of Monsters and Men, who really put the icing on the cake. People had been filtering in continuously throughout the show, but once Of Monsters and Men came on, the Bowl was completely full seeing as the show had in fact sold out. They had amazing stage lighting and their performance was practically flawless. The lighting was marked by lots of moving white lights and multicolored triangles as a backdrop. This Icelandic band has a very folksy sound, but it’s extremely catchy. Of Monsters and Men ended at around 10pm concluding the 11th annual KJEE Summer Roundup. Each band gave an excellent performance and the concert was over all a great success.