The crowd trickled into Granada Theater Thursday night with a pre-show playlist consisting of new music from Phoenix, Arcade Fire and not really new but always welcome, The 1975. Already off to a good start, the crowd was greeted with a live social media stream of the theater’s Twitter account, and things were entertaining to say the least as people donated funds to a desperate guy’s Venmo account to enhance his evening’s beer funds.
Moon Taxi promptly took to the stage and welcomed the audience with lead singer, Trevor Terndrup’s dashing smile that’s as big as Texas. The set started off with Mercury and set the tone for what would become of the night. Dallas was full on for thirsty Thursday. Smoke in the air and beer being thrown in excitement on the first song alone.
"Dallas! It's been a second. Y'all look great!" ~ Terndrup
The set progressed with Change, Make Your Mind Up, Who’s to Say, and Suspicious.
"Oh' Oh' suspicious. Suspicious of this place tonight." ~Suspicious, Moon Taxi
The overhead lighting formed 3 massive ‘X’s’ across the back of the stage as Moon Taxi warned of weariness and suspicion. The song rolled into an epic rock jam session while simultaneously inspiring some kids in the back of the theater to dance the disco.
With no end, Suspicious melted straight into a cover of Eurythmics Sweet Dreams. The young 20 and 30 year-olds roared as Trevor’s hat fell off to fully embrace the rock spell head bang.
As Year Zero took over the room, the crowd took over the singing. Never have you heard more beautiful “Oh oh oh’s” from a mass of mostly dudes. Terndrup took a knee dive into an electric guitar solo to finish it off. It was beautiful.
"Into the year zero Oh oh, oh oh" ~ manly crowd
The set continued with Young Journey and into obvious crowd favorite Morocco. The loud talking at the surrounding bars simmered for the loudest sing-along of the night. The stage was filled with yellow and gold lighting set for a total groove that had grown men moving their hips in ways they never had before.
Run Right Back had the theater covered in blue. The way the lights projected onto the painted ceiling looked like a swimming pool glistening in moonlight, quite magical. Boomerang below for your viewing pleasure.
The magic advanced into a beautiful piano cover of John Lennon’s Imagine, which dissolved into River Water. The crowd danced itself into a frenzy along with each beat of the drums. Folks were even two-stepping in the aisles… well… this is Texas…
My favorite surprise of the evening was the Eagles Hotel California cover. Didn’t see it coming and boy, did Moon Taxi deliver. I saw Don Felder of the Eagles perform this live about 2 months ago and was blown away to hear it again in person tonight. I was even more thoroughly impressed with the crowd’s knowledge of lyrics. Their parents would’ve be proud. Literally. SO. GOOD.
The contrast of heavy and slower rock in Moving To The City made me think that it would be a great backing track to a college football promo… just saying ESPN, you should check it out.
Nearing the end of the night, the band exited the stage. All but drummer, Tyler Ritter remained who played a dazzling solo accompanied by a perfectly choreographed lighting with each flick of his sticks. Trevor, Wes, Spencer, and Tommy joined once again for one last jam session.
The evening ended with fiery performances of Two High, Red Hot Lights and an encore presentation of All Day All Night.
What’s next for Moon Taxi? Hopefully more touring and stops in Dallas! Hard to believe they’re not playing bigger venues in the area yet. Maybe touring as support for a big arena or amphitheater show next year? I’d tour them with Kings Of Leon or Maroon 5 in a heartbeat. Whoever… hope their back soon to meet Dallas again with that Texas sized smile and sound.
Complete setlist and photo gallery below-
- Make Your Mind Up
- Who’s to Say?
Sweet Dreams (Eurythmics cover)
- Year Zero
- Young Journey
- Run Right Back
- Imagine (John Lennon cover)
- River Water
Hotel California (Eagles cover)
- Moving to the City
- Two High
- Red Hot Lights
- All Day All Night