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Imagine Dragons EVOLVE in Charlotte

Imagine Dragons EVOLVE in Charlotte

Words by: Sheila Walsh | Images by: Ricky Thigpen

The kings of the pop rock airwaves, otherwise known as Imagine Dragons for those not paying attention,paid Charlotte a visit last night as they brought their EVOLVE tour to the Spectrum Center, alongside multi-genre Grouplove and up-and-comer K. Flay.

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Illinois’ K. Flay stepped on stage first, breaking in the audience and preparing them for what was to be one of the best shows Charlotte’s seen all year. You’ve definitely heard her alt-rock banger “High Enough” off of 2017’s Every Where Is Some Where. K. Flay is one of those artists whose opener status seems beneath them, though we’ve all gotta start somewhere. Her pure artistry and sultry bluesy voice is one that deserves to be heard through a 90 minute set, as opposed to her 20 minute slot. Selfishly I’m just happy she’s getting herself in front of these large audiences, so that she too can headline an extra-large tour.


If there’s a band that fits the LA music scene canon, it’s Grouplove and we here at S16 are INTO IT.


The band is still supporting 2016’s Big Mess, though they did drop an EP titled Little Mess with some bonus track this past April. Much like K. Flay, it’s still surprising a band such as Grouplove is not headlining their own arena tour, though plenty of fans are still pumped at the chance to see their favorite indie pop group hit up those smaller venues.


Regardless, Grouplove gained new fans last night by playing OG fan favorites, “Tongue Tied” and “Ways to Go,” and appropriately ending with “Colours.”


Moving onto the main course, the arena darkened and fans were losing their minds (duh).

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With plenty of accolades from Billboard, Rolling Stone, and MTV, along side of a few pieces of hardware from the AMA’s and the Grammy’s thanks to 2012’s Night Visions and 2014’s Smoke + Mirrors, Imagine Dragons put on a the type of larger than life show that we’d expect from such a decorated band.

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Nevertheless, the spectacle left the basketball arena in shambles as the crowd’s screams and mini-dance off’s shook the foundation.

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Imagine Dragons played crowd favorites like “It’s Time,” “Demons,” “Believer,” and “I Bet My Life,” but stripped it down at the right moments with some alternate versions and B-Sides to please every type of fan.

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Halfway through the show, the Vegas quartet paid tribute to the great Tom Petty with a cover of “I Won’t Back Down,” before transitioning into acoustic versions of “Shots” and “Amsterdam.”

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To bring “Thunder” out at this time was the perfect wake up call the crowd needed to get out of their own feelings and back into the concert mindset.  

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Closing out with the track that more or less put them on the map, “Radioactive” will forever be the perfect closer.

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The band is currently in support of their latest record EVOLVE, released this past June, and are demonstrating that the one-hit wonder curse is not in store for them. Hop on the ID train and get yourself to the EVOLVE tour ASAP.

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See full album of the night here.

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Catch this tour!

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Sheila Walsh graduated from USC Aiken in 2015 with a degree in English. While in school, she won an essay competition for an argumentative essay on why the arts are crucial to the education system. Additionally, she was recruited to play volleyball for USCA and contributed to a weekly journal discussing the life of a student-athlete. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC.

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