The saying “one-man band” is normally used to describe someone who is either a loner or someone with a lot of skills. It’s almost impossible to do successfully in the modern music era. The amount of work that goes into a single may as well be as long as a Minnesota winter. Max Frost is the perfect example. The one-man funk band who single-handedly dazzles crowds stopped by the 7st Street Entry, with special guests Upsahl and Mikey Mike, on his latest Gold Rush tour.
Upsahl started out the show with her cool jazzy riffs about relatable, real-life topics. Some of her hits include “All My Friends Are Rich,” “Stressed,” and popular single “Drugs.” They are each from her latest five-track album, Hindsight 20/20.
Mikey Mike followed. A hairy, bearded fellow, he has a simple message: “do you.” Having a much lighter stage presence than Upsahl, his set emphasized following dreams and having a lot of fun doing it. Mikey had a very…interesting performance. At one point, he invited a fan onstage to flip a coin for a chance to either burn his chest hair or take a shot from his tour boot. Luckily the fan wanted the hooch and didn’t infest The Entry with the lovely smell of burning follicle. Shooting the boot, the fan embraced the smell and taste of sweaty popcorn B.O. with a cinnamon whiskey finish. Since he was a good sport, Mikey Mike took one too.
Evidently he takes a shot at every show, at least According to his keyboard player Christina Castle. His remarkable stage presence did not disappoint, and neither did the bold marketing campaign of his T-shirts. Claiming he owes $2.3 million in child support, he plastered the message on benches and billboards all over Los Angeles.
Max Frost took the stage in style, blasting lights with a 60’s projector rolling in the background. He kind of looked like a greaser. Far from Ponyboy from The Outsiders, though, it was indeed the headliner. A combination of looped beats and guitar then began, as Frost went into the first song, “New Confessional.”
Looking for other band members, I quickly realized he was it. The greaser, fake projector, and a lot of instruments put on the closing act. Max Frost wow’ed the crowd by jumping between instruments and effortlessly moving through a docket of beats, guitars, and singing. At one point, he played two different guitars at once to make it through the songs. He kept the show moving after the hybrid of goofiness and seriousness of the two opening artists, filling the Entry with a 60s funk vibe with a modern twist. A cover of none other than the Queen B herself (“Irreplaceable”) was a highlight.
As the night moved on, the music messages and band members dwindled, but the show didn’t slow. The creativity and talent of Frost made it even better. Each mix built from scratch showed how unique and powerful the “one-man band” mentality can be.
- New Confessional
- *Drum Moment*
- Anti Up
- Nice and Slow
- Eleven Days
- A$$hole (No Apologies)
- Die Young
- Slow Jamz (Stranger)
- Put It On Me
- Shimmy Ya
- Money Problems
- White Lies
- Let Me Down Easy
- Irreplaceable (Beyonce Cover)
- Good Morning