Monday, August 3, 2015

Bleachers and Robert DeLong are the Boys of Summer for lead up to Made in America


Brightly colored tribal body paint, heady electronic music and cans of beer collided for a free anthemic concert Sunday when Bleachers and Robert DeLong took the stage at Jacob's Pavilion at Nautica in promotion of the fourth annual Budweiser Made in America music festival.

DeLong, whose second album In the Cards drops next month, amped up the crowd as the opening act by using a loop pedal and jumping between interfaces stacked with gaming equipment to create an otherworldly wave of electronic dance music. Known for using brevity in his lyricism, DeLong performed his first single "Global Concepts" alongside newer tracks, "Don't Wait Up" and "Long Way Down", while fans colored and covered in neon body paint swayed along to his hypnotic beats.

Bleachers, led by Jack Antonoff of fun. fame, carried the crowd the rest of the night by performing songs from their first album Strange Desire. Their performance of "Shadow" and "Wake Me" were reminiscent of long-lost loves and summers past, while "Rollercoaster" and "I Wanna Get Better" flowed effortlessly with a synth-drenched '80s-inspired modern-rock vibe. Reimagined covers of "Dreams" by the Cranberries and "Only One" by Kanye West and Paul McCartney were unexpected highlights of the night, along with an awe-inspiring solo sax performance by band member, Evan Smith.

One attendee at the concert won an all-expense-paid trip to this year's Made in America music festival — made famous for bringing together massive hit artists spanning every genre — that will take place in Philadelphia Sept. 5 and 6, where Beyonce, the Weeknd, Metric and Banks are set to perform.

Robert DeLong uses gaming equipment like a Wii remote to create his unique blend of electronic dance music.

Fans were given body paint treatment to celebrate the summer night show.

Jack Antonoff, Bleachers lead guitarist and lyricist, performs anthemic songs for summer.

Evan Smith takes on a solo with his silver sax.