What started off as a fairly quiet and slow Thursday night at the Larimer Lounge proved to be a very full and diverse show. Indie-folk group, The Lighthouse and the Whaler and indie-pop group, Born Cages played a rather full room with local support from Chris Heckman of The Epilogues.
Kicking off the night was Chris Heckman, and while concert-goers were still trickling into the door (some still watching the Broncos game in the other room) Heckman wasted no time providing listeners with a stunning and captivating performance. Having seen The Epilogues quite a few times, it was a nice change of pace watching Heckman take the stage on his own with an acoustic guitar. Throughout his set, he performed acoustic renditions of songs by The Epilogues as well as his own original work, in between chatting casually with the crowd. By the time he left the stage, it was hard not to feel captivated by Heckman’s beautiful vocals and soft guitar work.
The change in sound between Chris Heckman and Born Cages was a bit drastic, but certainly not unwelcome. Having missed the New York-based group earlier this year when they came through Denver on the Vans Warped Tour, I was anxious and excited to finally see them live, and thankfully, any expectations I had were completely blown out of the water. With bright and colorful LED screens illuminating their already stunning performance, Born Cages captured the attention of the quickly filling venue, coaxing fans into coming closer to the stage and urging them to have a little fun by moving around. The set was a bit short, but was a burst of bright, colorful energy that the Larmier Lounge needed to get things going, and by the time Born Cages left the stage, I was already anxious to see them again.
Following Born Cages were The Lighthouse and the Whaler, who were on the folkier side of things, ending the night similar to how it started. By the time the headliners took the stage, the room was fairly full, and the band had the crowd’s undivided attention. While the energy level for The Lighthouse and the Whaler was a bit lower than Born Cages’, the change in sound was a smooth transition for listeners. Even though the two bands do not sound very similar, they make up a great bill, and provided concert-goers with warm, fun to listen to music all night.