Photo credit: Eric Weiner
This past Saturday, I took the four block stroll to Webster Hall in New York City to see former The Format frontman, Nate Ruess and his new bandmates, Andrew Dost of Anathallo and Jack Antonoff of Steel Train, in Fun (or fun.). The band’s energetic ways have been turning heads since their inception late in 2009, and this Saturday’s show was clear evidence that these dudes (and one beautiful girl) are 100% for real.
Their newfound success, this show being their largest ever “hosted” sellout show, is well deserved. There are few acts that can match the stage presence of Ruess and Co as they parade on stage, serenading fans with their blend of baroque pop that oozes joy and optimism.
As Ruess first took the stage, the entire venue began to shake, and with the ‘fun.’ sign blinking in the background, the audience erupted to the lovable proclamation, “Walking The Dog”. Song after song, I was completely wowed by the trio, which on this night, was actually a sextet. A special shout out by Nate to Jack’s parents before “The Gambler”, a song which tells of his parents’ love, was an extra nice touch; his surrogate parents from New Jersey must have been very proud.
It wasn’t just a special night for myself and the crowd, but also for the band who claimed that this show at Webster Hall was their largest sold out show ever and even better than their Salt Lake City show (which Ruess reassured, was not a subtle insult, but the ultimate compliment). I will agree with him on this one. Fun’s Saturday night gig at Webster Hall was an unforgettable experience that showcased the band’s professionalism and ability to convey just how much they love to be on stage.