"You guys mind if we play two sets?"
As the first stop on the Dynasty Tour and first ever in Lafayette, Conspirator promised to start things off with a bang. They did just that by playing two full-length sets. Contrasting in style, both sets shed light into the wide range of musical talent the group has. A more upbeat first set allowed keyboardist Aron Magner to take the spotlight by hyping up the crowd, After a brief halftime show by DJ .Bassique., who was anything but basic, the group came back out to a more peaceful and relaxing second set, the best part of which came when bassist Marc Brownstein and guitarist Chris Michetti decided to have staring contests during their back and forth playing. I must admit that Michetti had me contemplating taking up guitar lessons during a few of his solos. The inclusion of some insanely trippy visuals on a projector screen larger than the state of Maine really made for a great all-around performance.
The lone opener, Indianapolis-based Cosby Sweater, set the correct mood with vibrant melodies. The excessive radio play of Lorde's "Royals" made me question the group's decision to include it in their set but they added a unique and colorful twist to the track; I even caught myself singing the lyrics towards the end. Richard "Sleepy" Floyd, lived up to his name by looking completely locked in on the drums, but it was Nicholas Gerlach on the tenor saxophone that stole the set. The saxophone has always held a special place in my heart and Gerlach blew me away with his aggressive style and fearless solos. I'm already looking forward to the next chance to catch these guys playing around town.
Despite the show starting a half-hour late, a surprisingly timid crowd of a few hundred college students took their merry time to get involved. It wasn't until David Embry of Cosby Sweater enticed them close to the stage that they really got into it. And they definitely got into it, culminating with an overly energetic fan jumping on stage for a 30-second Dancing with the Stars audition during Conspirator's first set.
Lafayette Theatre proved to be the perfect venue for the show; small enough to allow everyone a good view, but large enough to include merchandise tables on each side and sufficient space for hooping. A three-tiered viewing area gave fans the option of how they wanted to take in the concert, a hard commodity to come by in an EDM scene filled with massive hoards of people.