For the readers that have been with We the Kings since the beginning, to the readers who only know the song Check Yes Juliet, We the Kings put on a show at Triple Rock that catered to everyone. Their first, self-titled album was released in 2007: which means it’s already ten years old. Although We the Kings are still playing songs they wrote a decade ago, their fans don’t seem to mind, seeing as their show in Minneapolis was sold out.
Before We the Kings took the stage, Plaid Brixx warmed up the crowd. Even for those that hadn’t heard of Plaid Brixx before entering the venue, the three dudes from Ohio managed to keep everyone entertained. Their lead, Chris Duggan, went beyond singing by adding in groovy dance moves and freezing in random positions. He even threw a couple handstands into his choreography. To close out their set, Plaid Brixx played their catchy hit, Don’t Look Down. During this last song, Chris Duggan made it his mission to hold every hand he could reach before leaving the stage.
Cute Is What We Aim For was up next. Similar to We the Kings, they started in the mid-two thousands. Since then, they have broken up and gotten back together multiple times. Their inconsistent past has led them to be very humble of where they are now. They recognized that they probably peaked years ago, so now they’re just having fun for as long as they can continue to draw a crowd.
After Cute Is What We Aim For, We the Kings headlined the sold-out venue. They started their set by playing their first-released album from cover to cover. After playing through the first eleven songs they created as a band, We the Kings completed their set with their more recent releases. Their time on stage was filled with more than just music though. In between songs, Travis Clark told the stories behind a few of their most personal songs. There were even surprise dance breaks periodically throughout the show to keep the crowd on their toes. The show was everything one could want from a ten-year-anniversary show and more. Not only did they play all of their best songs, but they opened up to the crowd as well. It’s no doubt that We the Kings will continue to grow and I look forward to seeing them on their 20th-anniversary tour.