It was 7:30 on a Friday night, and as I walked up to the Grog Shop, my jaw dropped as a line of people curled around the sidewalk, filled with fans ready to shuffle in and get their hands stamped for the show. The sold out American Authors headlining show was already attracting people to come early and get the best possible view of the stage. What many were not expecting was the performance by Cleveland locals, These Knees.
Although the stage was overloaded with band equipment (monitors, instruments for These Knees, Wild Cub, AND American Authors), allowing little to no room to rock out, These Knees still exuded a stage presence that no one could ignore. With the Grog Shop at near capacity by the time they took the stage, it became easy to get into the groove of their eight-song opening set. Starting out with a throwback to one of the original songs that started it all, “Digital Analog” got the crowd’s attention as a round of cheers for more beckoned the next song, “Ohio!”.
Throughout the set, lead singer/guitarist Stephanie Trivison’s witty banter and interaction with the audience lifted their spirits and widened their smiles. As the danceable, surfer-groove “Pacifica” was played, all cares melted away as everyone was reminded that summer is just around the corner and the polar vortex would soon become a distant memory. Arms raised in the air and swayed along to the melodic song, “The New Year”. Ending the set was the vintage “Erie (Promise Me)”, which the crowd erupted into cheers for a job well done.
As an opener, the job is to get everyone excited for the main act, and These Knees not only did this, but created an even larger fan base after Friday night’s performance. Are they the next sold out headliner? Cleveland hopes so! These Knees will be performing next on April 26, 2014 at Ottawa Tavern in Toledo, Ohio and on May 2, 2014 at Mahall’s in Lakewood, Ohio. To see other show schedules, you can go to their Shows page.