April 26 - Club Dada - Dallas, TX
April 28 - Historic Scoot Inn - Austin, TV
The Current’s Kelsey (displacing Jade who previously hosted all the Communion shows) served as DJ and MC for the event. Kelsey played nothing but Prince music, but eventually switched to her standard playlist (we’re assuming she eventually ran out of Prince songs).
To talk about the Communion show, we also have to talk about Prince, his death, and its aftermath. When news of Prince’s death went online at 10am, it spread like a viral wild fire. As a result, First Avenue announced a late night dance party in tribute to the beloved artist a little after midday... then realizing the massive interest - they quickly announce a block party. The whole show event was organized within hours, and by 5pm, the roads were blocked by the city and fans started to fill up the area.
If you were there, you know that the Prince block party was completely packed ... thus unintentionally blocking the entrances to First Avenue and its little sibling, 7th Street Entry.
First Avenue thought by moving the Communion show to a later time at 10pm (originally listed at 7pm as noted by the show poster) would alleviate some of the congestions - it did not. If you really wanted to see the Communion show, you really had to push and fight your way through a sea of people - just to make it to the door.
Knight took the stage with his full band: Julia on keys, Ryan on bass, Will on guitars/horns, and Oliver on drums at 10pm. The band played some tracks from his latest 2016 record Each Other.... although they ended their brief 30-min set with “You Will See The Good In Everyone” taken from their Small Reveal album.
Although “Take” was announced as a cover song by Khai, I feel it’s also Cyn’s song because she wrote the lyrics.
Unfortunately, during some of her slower/quieter song, the constant noises from the block party outside (and also sound were bleeding in from First Avenue’s mainroom), was a little distracting. It was, perhaps, the wrong venue for her.
Apparently, according to Lukens, this was his first time in Minnesota and, of course, on the tragic eve of Prince’s death.
Lukens and company paid their respect by playing a last-minute cover of Prince’s “Kiss” in falsetto, of course. The cover was actually pretty good, despite Lukens apologizing in advance for any mistakes (if there were flaws, I don’t think anyone cared).
Melbourne-based Jakubi closed out the show, starting their set way-late at 12:30am. The family bands, composed of two brothers, two cousins and one friend, featured: singer/keys/talk box Jerome, guitarist Robert, drummer Jesse, guitarist Addam, and bassist/moog Jacob.
Although they haven’t officially released any music in the USA, Jakubi is touring just on the strength of their millions of streams from Soundcloud and YouTube for various singles, thanks to taste-makers such as Perez Hilton and Australia’s television show “Highway Patrol”.
They kicked off their set with a funky, guitary version of “Holiday”... but saving their biggest hit song “Couch Potato” to the end. “Couch Potato” was incredibly well-received from the fans, based on the loud feedback and dancing.
The next Communion: Twin Cities show will take place next month, May 19th, with Basecamp, Kiev, and Blue Healer. These Communion shows are a great way of checking out upcoming, rising bands. Hopefully, next month, you won’t have any problems getting inside the venue.
Jakubi at 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis (21 April 2016)