Minnesota’s cold didn’t stop people from seeing Emancipator at Mill City Nights, Minneapolis. Lights, dancing, hype – a Saturday night to remember.
Emancipator (Doug Appling) and his ensemble started with “Lionheart,” one of the many great songs from “Soon It Will Be Cold Enough.” Remixes and a variety of songs from all the albums came after, which was accompanied by colorful visuals projected on a large screen behind the group. Fast and slow beats from the drum and bass, hypnotizing violin playing, and a mash-up of other melodies captured the crowd of more than 200 people.
Mill City Nights looked empty when the doors opened at 8:30 p.m. As the night went on, however, the place slowly filled up until people were shoulder to shoulder. First, Beak Nasty of St. Paul, Minn. set the tone, getting everyone excited for the oncoming show. Real Magic from Oakland, Calif. slowed things down with his chill music before Odesza from Seattle, Wash. got the crowd dancing again. Soon, everyone was more than ready for the main act, which appeared around midnight and ended with an encore around 2 a. m.
Based in Portland, Ore., Emancipator released his first album in 2006, and his newest album, Dusk to Dawn, was released in 2013. Emancipator Ensemble ends their 2014 Winter Tour on Feb. 22 in Athens, Ga.