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Concert Reviews:
Hometown boy gets his props at fun.'s Meadow Brook show

@graffonmusic, Facebook.com/Gary Graff on Music

Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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ROCHESTER HILLS -- fun.'s show on Tuesday night, July 16, at the Meadow Brook Music Festival was destined to be more, well, fun than most other nights on the group's current Most Nights summer tour.

The concert was a homecoming for the group's Andrew Dost, who was born and raised in the Detroit area, studied at Central Michigan University and is now based in Royal Oak. "We've tried to recruit him for various cities, but he will not leave," fun. frontman Nate Ruess told the Meadow Brook crowd as friends and members of Dost's family waved large cut-out placards of his head from the seats. Ruess went on to deliver a verbal mash note to Detroit so glowing that it would make for a good mayor election speech, and he dedicated a stripped-down rendition of fun.'s "The Gambler" to Dost's family and wife.

Being on Dost's home turf, of course, only helped to elevate fun. throughout its 90-minute set on a hot night that had all six musicians dripping with sweat early in the show, but the energy never flagged as Ruess and guitarist Jack Antonoff in particular bounded around the stage like they were in a public aerobics class. Ruess, Dost and Antonoff started the night in dark suits as they sang the "Some Nights (Intro)" from fun.'s sophomore, platinum album, though they were quickly shed for more comfortable attire that was well soaked by the end of the evening.

Four video screens bolstered the inherent theatricality of fun.'s music as the troupe stormed through ebb-and-flow epics such as "One Foot," "Why Am I the One," "At Least I'm Not As Sad (As I Used To Be)" and "It Gets Better," while Antonoff led the all-ages crowd, which included plenty of families, in the call-and-response of Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll Part 2" before segueing into "Barlights." A rendition of the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want" was followed by the Grammy Award-winning "We Are Young," and fun. finished the main portion of the show with a lengthy, ebb-and-flow version of "Take Your Time (Coming Home)" before encoring with "Some Nights" and "Stars."

Canadian sister duo Tegan and Sara had the Meadow Brook crowd sweating early in the night, too, with a 55-minute set comprised primarily of upbeat synth-pop songs from its latest album, "Heartthrob." Tegan Quinn joked about "feeling like I'm in one of those sweat lodges where I'm gonna see my ancestors," but held forth through new material such as "Drove Me Wild," "Shock To Your System" and "Closer" alongside older fare like "Back in Your Head," "Alligator" and their Tiesto collaboration "Felt It In My Bones" -- although the big hit "Walking With a Ghost" was curiously absent.

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