Milky Chance @ Marathon Music Works in Nashville, TN
Review & Photography by: Laurel Williams
The folk/electronic/generally genre-defying group Milky Chance visited Nashville while touring in support of their most recent album, Blossom. Best known for their pop dance smash “Stolen Dance,” the German group has a wide spread of American fans. Almost halfway through their U.S. run, the group stopped by Nashville’s Marathon Music Works supported by Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi. The duo drew a large turnout, with the crowd spanning across the open warehouse space.
The crowd was chatty and excited following the opening set, tightened in toward the stage. The symmetrical setup was made up of two elevated drum sets, and two standing mics in the front. Big bronze lighting rigs were uncovered across the back and sides of the stage, and the room’s energy spiked as the musicians walked out. As they began to play the crowd danced and screamed, full of energy and almost outpacing the mid-tempo groovy songs. Lead singer Clemens Rehbein took quick dance breaks between confident vocals. Songs transitioned from one to another, punctuated by excited yells as audience members recognized their favorite song beginning. The intricate lighting pierced through the fog and layered stage, making the show feel big and expansive and timeless. The intricate melodies and beats continuously developed and unfolded, with each transition being just as smooth as it was surprising. One member broke out a harmonica for a few songs, and instantly becoming a crowd favorite. People came to dance, and dance they did.