The Night We Stole Christmas – Night 2
Weathers, Catfish & The Bottlemen, and Cage The Elephant
Aragon Ballroom — Chicago, IL — 12.02.16
by: Gina Scarpino

Chicago-based Alternative radio station 101WKQX throws an epic three-day concert series every winter to ring in the holiday season called The Night We Stole Christmas. We made it out to the second night of this year’s festivities, which entailed captivating performances from Weathers, Catfish & The Bottlemen, and Cage The Elephant.

Los Angeles based alternative rock band Weathers opened the show and successfully got the crowd hyped for the epic night of music ahead of them. They navigated the stage with great musicianship and a fun performance, leaving the crowd wanting more.

Catfish & The Bottlmen was up second, and got the crowed hyped with their classic guitar-driven rock music. The band opened with “Homesick,” “Kathleen,” and “Soundcheck.” They rocked the crowd with their hectic lighting and high-energy performance. Lead singer Van McCann commanded the crowd masterfully as he ran around the stage with his low-slung guitar and nearly pushing his microphone stand off stage multiple times. Lead guitarist Johnny Bond’s musicianship was on point throughout their entire set, highlighting the band’s songs with his electrifying guitar solos. Catfish & The Bottlemen also played fan favorites like “Pacifier,” “Twice,” and “Fallout.” They then closed out their captivating performance with “Tyrants,” which is the last song off their album The Ride.

Finally, Kentucky-based rockers Cage The Elephant took the stage and completely blew the crowd away with their funky rock tunes and infectious stage presence. The band opened with “Cry Baby”, which is the first song on the band’s fourth album Tell Me I’m Pretty, which was released in 2015. They then went straight into “In One Ear,” “Spiderhead,” and “Take It or Leave It.” Lead singer Matt Schultz awed attendees with his wild, yet chaotic stage presence. He was never in one place for too long — he was seen rolling around on the stage and leaping off the stage and into the crowd to dance with the show attendees. The rest of Cage The Elephant was also completely invested in the performance, clearly giving it everything they had (and then some). Halfway through their set, the band played fan favorites “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” and “Mess Around,” in which Schultz leapt into the crowd and ran around and danced with the show attendees in the front row. They closed out the night with “Shake Me Down,” “Come A Little Closer,” and “Teeth. Cage The Elephant’s dedication to successfully combine great musicianship and entertaining crowds was so special, inspiring, and is absolutely something everyone should experience at some point.


Catfish & The Bottlemen

Cage The Elephant