CONCERT REVIEW: The Black Keys

LOCATION: BOK Center, Tulsa, OK

EVENT DATE: 12-20-14

TOUR PROMOTION: Turn Blue

In these past weeks, our holiday travels took us to Oklahoma. While there we decided to check out The Black Keys at the BOK center in downtown Tulsa. Their blues driven rock was bound to make a great show.

We checked into the show a little late, finding our seats stage left while opener, St. Vincent, was walking off. I sat down, anticipation building as we watched the roadies setup.

The lights dimmed down and the crowed excitement began to grow. The Black Keys walked on stage and immediately fired it off with “Dead and Gone.” The band flew through their set list playing all the fan favorites, including “Gold on the Ceiling” and “Lonely Boy.”

I was even more enthused when my three picks, “Weight of Love”, “Turn Blue”, and “Little Black Submarines”, were played out in the encore part of the show.

My only complaint would actually be for the crowd that was around me. For such a jamming band, I find it impossible to not move with the beat. Toe tapping, head nodding, something. But those who were around us didn’t move a muscle. They may have well as been watching the Nutcracker ballet from their reactions. Not to say the Nutcracker isn’t exciting, but that kind of behavior is expected. At a rock concert, you stand up. You jump. You sway. Maybe even sing a little?

Perhaps it was our own fault for picking seats in the upper decks, but I had never felt more out of place at a concert. And this was not the first time I’ve sat in the upper section. And I’m always moving. In fact, I usually work on a visible sweat.

Contrary to my audience counterparts, The Black Keys put on a fantastic performance, giving it their all the entire time. The flashing set lights that built up the back prop gave the show a nice flare. Segues between tunes, like when it was brought down to just the bass illuminated by a dark blue light (Turn Blue), were a nice touch as well.

I would love to see these guys again. But next time, I will be on the floor.

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