Last updated on March 18th, 2019 at 01:18 pm
In a state which is most known for horse racing, college basketball, and Kentucky Fried Chicken, rock God’s, Cage The Elephant have been giving KFC a run for their money since 2006.
The Kentucky-based group consists of vocalist Matthew Shultz, guitarist Brad Shultz, drummer Jared Champion and bassist Daniel Tichenor, and two touring musicians keyboardist/guitarist Matthan Minster and lead guitarist Nick Bockrath.
Before the four friends had made a name for themselves, Matt was working construction as a plumber, Brad worked at a sandwich bar, Daniel held a job a Lowe’s and Jared worked at a pet store. These guys are physical proof that if you work hard enough, you can literally make something out of nothing; in their case, an entire career writing and playing music. Same goes for their band name.
According to Matthew, the band name came from a mentally disturbed man, who approached the band after a show in 2006. He hugged Shultz as he continued to repeat the phrase, “You have to cage the elephant!” over and over.
By now, Cage The Elephant is a well-oiled, music making machine. They proved their worth Friday night at the Target Center, downtown Minneapolis. From the start of the first song to the end of their very last, Matt was jumping up and down on the catwalk and sprinting across the stage from left to right with his arms above his head, clapping to the beat. His attempt to give attention to every corner inside the Target Center was well appreciated by the fans who came for a show.
Like movies, I’m usually a “one-and-done” kind of person when it comes to seeing performing artists. However, Cage The Elephant has left me wanting more. I will definitely be seeing them again in the near future.