It’s been over two years since music filled the historic RPI Houston Field House. That all changed in a big way when Passion Pit and Matt & Kim partied with several thousand of their closest fans. We can only hope this will be the first of many great concerts returning to RPI.
Things kicked off with the indie-pop duo of Matt (Johnson) and Kim (Schifino). The super energetic couple ripped through many of their hit singles including “Now” and “Let’s Go” off their latest album, Lightning. Throughout their performance, Schifino climbed her drums like a child on a playground jungle gym (and even crowd surfed at one point!) while Johnson supplied a playful and upbeat keyboard accompaniment to balance out the powerful bass. Both Schifino and Johnson regularly saluted the crowd, thanking them and expressing how excited they were to be playing the Capital Region again.
Passion Pit continued the evening’s celebration. The five-member group from Cambridge, Massachusetts consists of Michael Angelakos (lead vocals, keyboards), Ian Hultquist (keyboards, guitar), Xander Singh (synthesizer), Jeff Apruzzese (bass, synthesizer bass), and Nate Donmoyer (drums). The band performed a well-balanced mix of hits including “Sleepyhead” from their first album Manners and “Carried Away” from their recent sophomore album Gossamer. Andelakos often engaged the accommodating crowd, coaxing them to sing along. The pinnacle of the evening was a powerful and moving rendition of the hit single “Take a Walk”.
As expected, this evening was more than just a concert, it was a revival. It was the revival of music at the RPI Houston Field House.