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Atop the Hollywood Tower, the 98.7 Penthouse was filled with the upbeat and happy vibes of Blondfire and The Mowgli’s.
Blondfire began the night with their casual, synth-infused pop rock. Having been around for quite a few years, the band has had success despite having to convert their original band name, Astaire, to the current moniker Blondfire. Lead singer Erica Driscoll’s light, melodic vocals made the tone of the songs very welcoming. The set opened with a brand new song, never before played, and continued with ‘Waves’, a single off their upcoming album ‘Young Heart’.
Throughout the set, interjections by 98.7’s Tobi encouraged the band to indulge the crowd with some information about their new record and growing success. The set ended with the hit single ‘Where the Kids Are’, featured in a currently running Honda commercial, the video for which is available and thoroughly recommended by the band to take a look!
The set continued with the highly spirited and eclectic The Mowgli’s. The sheer number of band members and their positioning atop the quaint Hollywood Tower rooftop stage was initially impressive.
Despite their ‘Edward Sharpe’-esque, 1970’s Folk throwback appearance, the 8-piece band produces a classic, full rock feel with high-energy and feel good tunes about togetherness and self-empowerment. Guitarist Michael Vincze set off the mood of the set by taking off his shoes and lighting up the incense while singer Colin Dieden kept the crowd interaction going and vocalist Katie Earl added a much appreciated femininity to the stage. Peppered with conversation by 98.7’s Darren Rose about the band’s inspirations and retelling of recent Grammy party experiences, The Mowgli’s presented a very likable set and the entire show was a great collaboration by both of the bands.