Columbus welcomes Little Dragon to Newport Music Hall

Nina Corbut

Nina Corbut

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Nina Corbut

If you listen to Little Dragon’s new album Season High, you might wonder what genre you’ve entered. But that’s a good thing.

If you see them live, you get to witness a unique experience filled with R&B, electronic synth, ‘80s vibe, psychedelic rock, pop and much more. This was the case when the Swedish band played at Newport Music Hall May 2.

During the entire show, lead singer Yukimi Nagano left the crowd wondering what would happen next. With numerous outfit modifications–one that incorporated an orange over-the-head shawl on top of a striped lit-up dress–Yukimi was a force that kept the crowd entertained.

The band, which also includes Erik Bodin on drums, Fredrik Källgren Wallin on bass and Håkan Wirenstrand on keyboards, played songs from their new album with a good mix of old favorites such as “Ritual Union” from their third album of the same name. Another old favorite was “Killing Me” from their Grammy-nominated album Nabuma Rubberband.

With an encore of four songs, the band’s followers kept the pulse and were amazed at the band’s liveliness. Little Dragon ended the show with the crowd favorite “Twice,” which might be the only time the fans slowed down. A flawless end to an upbeat show, the band did not disappoint.

The only off-putting part of the show was that the Newport Music Hall wasn’t near capacity. Fans filled the main floor, but the upstairs was closed. Columbus, if you didn’t attend, you missed out on a good show!

The band is on tour until November if you want to check them out. See their website for more information.

**A major positive of the show started with opener rapper Goldlink (aka D’Anthony Carlos), from Washington, D.C., who presented a good mix of R&B, hip hop and electronic. His beats and vigor primed the audience for Little Dragon. Check him out on YouTube, Spotify, or Pandora.

By Nina Corbut


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