Bittersweet Daze Tour With Cavetown & Friends: A Magical Melody of Music and Emotions REVIEW+PHOHTOS: Cavetown, mxmtoon, Ricky Montgomery & grentperez at Frost Amphitheater 7/23/23
STANFORD, CA -Frost Amphitheater at Stanford University morphed into the throbbing, pulsing heart of the Bittersweet Daze tour, and the moment I strutted into that hallowed space, the electrifying vibe of sheer, unadulterated fan enthusiasm was so palpable, I almost drowned in it. On deck for this enchanting evening was a lineup as diverse and enthralling as the plot of your favorite Netflix drama, headlined by none other than indie-pop sensation Cavetown and featuring the vibrant harmonies of eclectic artists like mxmtoon, Ricky Montgomery, and the ethereal grentperez.
Hailing from the vibrant cityscape of Sydney, Australia, grentperez ushered in the evening with his understated charisma and lyrical allure, an exciting international addition to this local tour. His music carries a unique tonal signature, a harmonious blend of indie-pop interwoven with striking strands of electro-soul. His style conjures an ambiance reminiscent of youthful vigor, unchained freedom, and a palpable emotional rapport, resonating beautifully with the eager audience.
Under the glistening stage lights, grentperez seemed to tap into a hidden reservoir of enchanting energy, his infectious smile illuminating the venue, rivaling the brilliance of the spotlight itself. Each of his songs, a sonic work of art, meticulously crafted and imbued with narratives that touch the soul. They resonated deeply with the audience, their poignant lyrics lingering in the air, interweaving a rich tapestry of shared experiences, emotions, and a collective memory of an evening that’ll echo in hearts for times to come.Follow grentperez on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Taking the stage next was Ricky Montgomery, a shining embodiment of the pop-rock dynamo he’s renowned to be. His exuberant persona magnetized every onlooker, dominating not just the visual sphere but also the sonic domain within the amphitheater. His set was an exhilarating roller coaster ride, his infectious vibrancy cascading through the multitude, sparking a euphoria that mirrored his own explosive energy.
Watching Ricky perform is akin to witnessing a beautifully choreographed dance with the wild, the unpredictable. Each note, each movement, synchronizing perfectly with the tumultuous heartbeat of rock and roll. In a moment that encapsulated his unbridled spirit, Ricky leaped off the stage, darting towards his audience in an audacious display of passion. His interactive performance was not just for his fans, but with them, creating a shared experience that transcended the ordinary.
Ricky Montgomery exemplifies that music is much more than just a feast for the ears. It’s an immersive life experience, a raw emotion that touches the deepest parts of your soul. His music creates an indelible etching on your psyche, an imprint that lingers, reverberating long after the last strum has faded. His performance was a testament to the transformative and enduring power of music, and a vibrant reminder of why we connect so profoundly with this incredible art form.Follow Ricky Montgomery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
A palpable wave of anticipation washed over the audience as the Bay Area’s beloved native, mxmtoon, claimed the stage. Homecoming gigs carry a unique allure, a rare blend of familiarity and celebration, and it was clear she was basking in the affection radiating from the hometown crowd. Her music, a symphony of paradoxically melancholic yet heartening tunes, feels like a comforting embrace in the midst of a biting winter day.
However, it was the ethereal tableau of her live performance – an enchanting medley of melodious tunes, spontaneous yet graceful dance movements, and the intimate, nostalgic strumming of her ukulele – that daubed the evening in shades of magical reverie. Coupled with her heartfelt lyricism and the radiant charm of her persona, she set the stage and our hearts aglow. The audience, including this humble scribe and lifelong fan, were mesmerized, morphing into a beautifully harmonized choir, bound by the shared euphoria of this musical enchantress’s captivating spell.Follow mxmtoon on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
At last, the moment of zenith arrived – Cavetown emerged, assuming his rightful place as the grand finale. His performance was nothing short of hypnotic, an exquisite blend of tracks from his fresh-off-the-press album “Worm Food” and timeless classics like “Devil Town,” creating a soundscape that shall remain etched in our hearts. I’ve been trailing Cavetown’s journey since his YouTube days, a devout fan caught in his lyrical and sonic web. His music strikes chords within me as he candidly sings about mental health, identity, and sexuality, in a world that often prefers a closed conversation.
During his set, Cavetown had an intimate heart-to-heart about his song “This Is Home.” He confessed that while the song may not echo his personal sentiments as potently as it once did, he continues to perform it, recognizing its significance to his fans. It’s a melody spun around the tumultuous journey of self-identity, addressing aromantic and asexual experiences.
My connection to Cavetown’s music runs deep. It forms a safe haven, validating emotions and experiences that often go unvoiced within the LGBTQIA+ community. This commitment to connection and support expands beyond his lyrical genius, his concerts evolving into spaces of collective solidarity. This evening at the Frost Amphitheater bore witness to this ethos. Pride flags fluttered as silent sentinels amidst the crowd, reinforcing the atmosphere of acceptance and respect. Smiles were generously shared among concert-goers, adding emotional richness to the Bittersweet Daze tour, transforming it into an outpouring of communal joy and unity.
The night held an unexpected treasure when mxmtoon and Ricky Montgomery joined Cavetown on stage, delivering a goosebump-inducing performance of their latest collaboration single, “Nobody Loves Me.” This confluence of talents was a dream manifested for a long-time devotee like myself.
The entire concert was an immersive journey, each artist a distinctive brushstroke on a vibrant canvas. The atmosphere was a living entity, pulsating with joyous anticipation and love from beginning to end. The Bittersweet Daze tour has inscribed itself as a standout in concert experiences, and it would be an absolute miss not to partake if opportunity knocks. For a glimpse into the magic and tour dates, visit https://bittersweetdaze.com/.Follow Cavetown on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.