The second set opened with "Howard," a ballad that I thought was a fast cover of The Nuge's "Stranglehold," but lost its Nugent-pizazz when it went psychedelic. It was long, but needed, as there was a parade approaching the main floor that needed some time to get situated. After winding around the concourse and finally making its way onto the floor, the parade weaved through hula-hoopers, jugglers, noodlers and the like until it made its way to the center.
Go-go dancers were lifted on scissor lifts at the sound booth and at side-stage, starting during "Way Back Home," and into "Let's Go Outside," a song the Kyle Hollingsworth's Band jammed when they opened for Umphrey's Mcgee a few weeks back.
The encore included a cover of "Wanna Be Starting Something," implying that yes, we should all get out and do something. A theme, if not based on the set list then simply the feeling for the night, was pro-activeness: Get out and do something. And what a perfect way to end the only time we are going to see these six artists perform together this whole year. Keep your eyes peeled for their respectable side projects; Eoto, Praang, and the Kyle Hollingsworth Band will undoubtedly be around these parts for the summer.
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