Crowds of kids began to line up for the Hush Sound show at the Buffalo Icon an hour and a half before the doors opened on Friday. They stood in below-freezing temperatures, showing their dedication to the Chicago band. But the Hush Sound, along with the three opening acts, made the wait worthwhile.
This Is Me Smiling started the show with an energetic set, getting everyone to dance. Then came This Providence, a band that showed it was no stranger to the Buffalo weather. Lead singer Dan Young said, "If there is one thing we know about Buffalo, it's that it is too cold."
During the set, Shaant Hacikyan, lead singer of hometown band Cute Is What We Aim For, came out to sing "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing." After This Providence, Murder by Death took the stage and played an enthusiastic and theatrical set. Cellist and keyboardist Sarah Balliet wowed the crowd with her electric cello melodies.
Then the Hush Sound came out and blew everyone away with its pop-rock melodies and the soulful vocals of Bob Morris (guitarist) and Greta Salpeter (pianist/guitarist). They combine the piano, bass, guitar and drums to create lively, energetic and emotional songs. They performed songs off both their debut album, "So Sudden," and sophomore CD, "Like Vines," including "Don't Wake Me Up," "Sweet Tangerine" and "Echo." They dedicated their song "Momentum" to the crowd and thanked them for coming.
During their last song, "Wine Red," Adam, the merchandise guy, came onstage in long johns and a cowboy hat and started doing the worm.
After the set was over, the crowd screamed for one more song. Adam came back out and asked the crowd to welcome the Hush Sound back on stage for an encore performance by singing "She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain." The Hush Sound came back to perform "My Apologizes" and "Out Through the Curtain." During "My Apologizes," Salpeter asked the crowd to sit on the floor and then jump up and dance as crazy as possible during the bridge in that song. After the show, members of This Providence, This is Me Smiling and The Hush Sound came out to meet their fans.
Marli Lee-McGarrah is a sophomore at Buffalo Seminary.