Fans filed in to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta, GA last Thursday night in hopes of attending a show that they wouldn’t soon forget. Foster the People were in town along with soul singer, Kimbra, and British Based Indie Rock band, The Kooks looking to put together an unbelievable show for fans of all ages.

Kimbra opened up the show that night, and right out of the gate, she hit the stage with a smooth groove that captivated the ears and minds of the audience. Her sound was definitely something that would expected to be heard at a jazz festival with a much older demographic. Her sound was full bodied, mature, and sexy. If concert goers weren’t carefully listening and paying attention to her at first, they definitely looked up to find her holding their  souls in the palm of her hand, refusing to return it until she was done with it. Showing absolute command of her band, she continued her set with songs from her debut album, Vows.
UK based band, The Kooks, stormed the stage next with their upbeat, feel good tunes that really had the crowd rocking and singing along. Lead singer, Luke Pritchard lullabied the female concerts goers with his voice, leaving them screaming at the top of their lungs, while hopelessly reaching for him.

For those fans that came to see Foster the People, it was guaranteed that they left happy. The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre  was definitely the place for fans to be last Thursday night. Los Angeles Based Indie Pop band, Foster the People tore Verizon Amphitheater down with their high energy performance. From the extravagant stage design to the dazzling lights, and of course, the band’s hypnotizing sounds, it was definitely a night for fans to remember. The entire band was completely engulfed in the music – banging on drums, symbols, and tambourines that covered every inch of the stage. Any part of the stage that did not have some instrument was graced with an amazing set design, which included a virtual sun that interacted with the band, the music, and the audience, with different characters emerging from within the set piece. Foster the People left the stage abruptly after their set leaving the crowd begging for more. After the brief break, the band came back on stage and finished strong with their hit “Pumped Up Kicks,” and ended with a rainstorm of confetti erupting from the stage onto the audience.


all photos ©2012 Terence Rushin for The Backstage Beat