Grammy-nominated band, Highly Suspect, came through Minnesota on March 31st. Although the trio is from Brooklyn, their music has spread through Minneapolis. They sold out First Avenue easily and upon arriving to the venue, the line of people waiting in line wrapped around the length of the building.
Before Highly Suspect made their appearance though, And the Kids opened up the show for them. The two bands were very compatible and Highly Suspect even spoke on how much they enjoy And the Kids. Vocalist, Johnny Stevens, said “If you only have enough money to buy one album tonight, buy their’s (And the Kids).”
Another similarity between the bands was their repeated support for transgender individuals. Since the show was held on the Transgender Day of Visibility, both bands stressed the importance of supporting and being “allies to our trans friends.” In accordance with this, Highly Suspect then played their song Viper Strike. This song preaches the message of spreading love in a way that may be “hard to hear.” This approach was definitely successful though. By the end of the song, the strangers in the crowd became much closer (and not just because they were crammed into a sold-out venue.)