Neon Trees are remarkably well-named. Maybe someone with synesthesia can confirm whether their music looks neon, because it certainly sounds that way.
On October 3, they returned to Provo (their band’s birthplace) to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Rooftop Concert Series with thousands of music fans in the last free installment of the summer.
They joined the Blue Aces and Fictionist as a surprise, announced just two days before the concert. The expected crowd was big enough to prompt a move in venue – from the rooftop of the Marriott parking garage a block south to Center Street in downtown Provo. The stage, vendors and sponsor tents shut down a few blocks of the street.
The Blue Aces, four teenage lady-rockers from Provo, played fast-paced, emotional songs. Their sound and lyrics are creative and lack the cliché expected from a young band. They play with the confidence and boldness of experienced musicians and recently won Velour’s Battle of the Bands. They have promise, and deserve plenty of local support.
Tyler Glenn is more than a singer; he is a performer. By not seeing Neon Trees live, fans would miss is his delightful dance moves. He appears to have more moves than the kids in the Peanuts cartoon (probably. I didn’t count). He channeled Michael Jackson (successfully!) with plenty of spin moves and monster hands (yes, those ones, from Thriller), did the hand jive (think the clapping rhythm where you throw your thumbs over your shoulders, like the dance scene in Grease), popped his hips side-to-side, high-kicked and many more*.
Neon Trees was absolutely amazing last night. They’re so passionate about what they do it radiates into your body and you can’t help but smile. Definitely a concert I’ll never forget. @rooftopconcerts @official_neontrees #rooftopconcerts View on Instagram
The rest of the band brings a strong platform for Glenn to perform from. Elaine Bradley, the drummer, joined Glenn to sing. Happiness exuded from the stage. “I’m the happiest version of myself I have ever been,” said Glenn, when he talked about how grateful he is for Provo. He recorded his first album in Provo, he performed his first show at Oz, an old billiards/concert venue.
After the performances, Mayor John Curtis took the stage. Curtis and the city of Provo have been involved and supportive of the RCS. He proclaimed that October 2 would forever be Neon Trees Day in Provo, and proudly handed the band a key to the city.
Here is Mayor Curtis giving the band a key to the city. Oct. 3 is officially Neon Trees Day. What a great night. #provorocks #downtownprovo #rooftopconcerts #neontrees View on Instagram
Elaine from @official_neontrees was stoked to receive the key to the city. #rooftopconcerts #provorocks #elainesmash View on Instagram
Good news, Provo. Center Street is earthquake-safe. The thousands of music-lovers shook the block like a seismic test and not a single brick shook loose.
— Rachel Fairholm (@rachelfairholm) October 4, 2014
— _stellsworth (@stells_worth) October 4, 2014
— ashlee hope. (@ashleerowberry) October 5, 2014
— Elisabeth K (@elisabeth116) October 4, 2014
THANK YOU PROVO. Photo by @sammyssounds Thank you @rooftopconcerts #provorocks #hometownpride
Tiffany is the Deputy Managing Editor for Spring 2015. Follow her on twitter @tiffany_mf