Kongos at Crescent Ballroom, 7/20/12
So it looks like not even the transplanted Phoenix-via-South Africa rock 'n' roll band Kongos knew just how big their "local" contingency had grown.
The four brothers, born to popular '70s South African singer-songwriter John Kongos, have been plugging away at their own music legacies over the years, starting with a meteoric rise on South African airwaves thanks to a slew of singles off of their latest album, Lunatic, and culminating in last night's official album release party hosted by local radio station KWSS 106.7 FM and Last Exit Live.
"Who are all of you people?" bassist/singer Dylan asked early in their set. "We had no idea we had this kind of love, so thank you."
The Valley's "true hipsters," as radio personality Beef Vegan called the crowd, didn't wait for last night's headliners to show the stage with adoration, packing the Crescent early enough to catch the event's impressive undercard. Bolstered by local bands Future Loves Past, IAMWE, and Banana Gun, concertgoers were abuzz before Kongos even took the stage.
Melanie Mathieu IAMWE
Beef Vegan of course was referring to the band's Phoenix following, one he's helped nurture on with morning program, The Morning Infidelity, before the band's 2011 game-changing South Africa tour.