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The radio station 107.9 The End held their annual EndFest concert Friday, July 20, at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento.
This year’s lineup featured several hit bands and musicians, including Karmin, Owl City, Adam Lambert and Demi Lovato.
The first to take the stage was Karmin. Karmin is a duo consisting of Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan, which originally became popular due to a YouTube video that had over 200 million views. The coolest thing about this group is how genuine they feel. When they played their most popular song “Brokenhearted,” Amy actually encouraged the audience to sing along.
She even made jokes to the audience about her microphone cord feeling like a leash when she wanted to go farther up the stage than it would allow her to. It’s the little things like this that make you realize that these are real people. It helps you connect to their music on a completely different level.
The next band to come out was Owl City. They played songs like “Fireflies” from their previous CDs, much to delight of the crowd. Towards the end of their set they started playing songs that will be on their upcoming album “The Midsummer Station,” which comes out in August. It was their last song “Good Times” that had the entire concert crowd on their feet and singing, myself included.
Following Owl City was Adam Lambert, who was runner-up in the eighth season of “American Idol.” Adam had a huge fan base at the concert. The second he came onstage, the crowd erupted into cheers. Adam really went for stage presence in a costume of sequined zebra-print pants that reminded me oddly of LMFAO.
While the costume was a page out of LMFAO's book, Adam reminded me of Michael Jackson. From his dance moves, to his songs, to the way he paused to introduce his entire entourage of singers and musicians, it felt like Michael was one of Adam’s inspirations.
The final act to come onstage was the one the crowd had clearly been waiting for. Demi Lovato started off her career on the Disney Channel, but it’s evolved into something much bigger. To most of the girls in the crowd she is a role model.
She used the stage, her costume and the lightening effects to her advantage to create an experience. One of the coolest things about her costume is that she dyed the bottom half of her hair blue. This was so unique that I am sure we will see many of its copycats around the Sacramento area. She sang crowd favorites like “Skyscraper” and “Give Your Heart a Break.”
This was a great concert, from start to finish. The End really raised the crowd’s energy level by encouraging the audience to sign up at their booth during band setups. Then they would draw a lucky winner and walk to that seat to let that lucky person know they were upgrading their seats to right up onstage. Little touches like that were what made this concert so much fun.
As always EndFest grows larger and larger. The real question is: Who will they have next year?