LIVE PHOTOS: Rainbow Kitten Surprise // New York City


Rainbow Kitten Surprise is so much more than what is arguably the best band name ever. The alt/indie band with a hard-to-pinpoint sound brought their tour to Manhattan Hammerstein Ballroom on February 1st, the first night of a two-show stop in the city.

Opening up the night was Mt. Joy, an indie-folk outfit formed by two high school friends. Their performance was high-energy and high-quality to say the least. A large portion of the crowd knew their hits like “Silver Lining” and “Sheep,” and almost made it feel as if I was at their hometown show. Hearing a sold-out crowd of about 2,200 people scream, “You know, Jesus drives an Astrovan,” was certainly a borderline religious experience. Their long, diverse set got the crowd all warmed up and ready to dance for Rainbow Kitten Surprise.

Mt. Joy

If you’ve never seen RKS live, to say you’re missing out is an understatement. At their show, you’re not just seeing a band play a set. You’re watching a dance performance, storytelling, and having an experience. It’s hard to put such an incredible performance into words. Their set kicked off with “Matchbox” and then transitioned to “It’s Called: Freefall” which was one of the many highlights of the night.

Frontman Sam Melo’s captivating choreography paired with his smooth vocals (that are somehow even better live) remained consistent throughout the night. However, one major thing I noted was the stage dynamic between Melo and Darrick “Bozzy” Keller, especially during “Devil Like Me.” The duo’s harmonies were impeccable throughout the show, but this song highlighted them. Additionally, they did a beautifully choreographed dance around the stage during the song, adding to the already-stunning performance.

The rest of the show continued with hits like “Cocaine Jesus,” “When It Lands,” and concluded with “Run.” Their set was one of those concerts that you never want to end and want to experience forever. Fortunately for us, the band just announced another run of dates for this spring and summer. Check out the dates here, and don’t miss out on seeing what will quite possibly be one of the best concerts you’ll ever go to. And that’s no exaggeration.

Rainbow Kitten Surprise

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