AMANDA ABNEY / Lantern reporter
There was a definite chill in the air at the CD101 Day: Side A concert held outside at Lifestyles Communities Pavilion Saturday. Kasabian, Of Monsters and Men, Margot and The Nuclear So and So’s, J Roddy Walston and the Business, and The Spruce Campbells played for an audience of almost 4,500 people.
The locally owned and operated radio station CD101 (station 102.5) holds two annual concerts, the second being Side B, scheduled for Saturday. This year, Side A initially sold out when scheduled to be held inside the LC Pavilion, but was later moved outside to allow more people to attend.
Saturday was the first time British rock band Kasabian played in Columbus, and it stole the show. Frontman Tom Meighan exuded sexuality as he strutted out on stage with large black shades.
Kasabian’s bass lines and lighting were out of this world. Its music was dancable, to say the least. When the band demanded audience members to jump or mosh, they did.
Kasabian opened with “Days are Forgotten” off of its new album, “Velociraptor!” which sent the audience into a frenzy of singing, dancing and jumping (pogoing). This song had catchy lyrics, such as, “Call me clichÃ©, how right you are.”
Kasabian also played many other songs from its new album including “Velociraptor!” and “Switchblade Smiles.” “Re-wired” was dedicated to the ladies in the audience, which came as no surprise once I heard the lyrics, “Hit me! Harder! I’m getting re-wired, I flip the switch that make you feel electric.”
Kasabian also played some old favorites. “Club Foot,” its 2004 single that was put on its 2005 self-titled album, made the crowd lose their heads. The crowd erupted into cheers and dancing. I don’t think anyone in the pit was cold anymore at that point.
Older songs such as “Empire” and “Underdog” seemed to ignite the crowd into singing and dancing frenzies. At one point, I looked, and everyone around me is getting down.
Kasabain played an epic four-song encore that included “Fire” and “Vlad the Impaler.” Both songs are off of its 2009 album, “West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum.”
All of Kasabian’s songs crossed the boundaries between dance and rock music, but none as much as “Vlad the Impaler.” The lyrics told the audience that they should be dancing. “Listen up all you masqueraders, now we have got the floor, now we have got the floor, get loose get loose,” Kasabian sang.
All the other bands at the event made a splash, too.
Icelandic folk band Of Monsters and Men played a cheery and upbeat set. When it played its hit song, “Little Talks,” the crowd went wild dancing and shouting, “Hey!” during the chorus.
Co-singer/guitarist Nanna BryndÃs HilmarsdÃ³ttir’s voice was smooth, buttery and had a very relaxing quality.
Margot and The Nuclear So and So’s made quite and entrance to the stage by opening with its popular song, “Prozac Rock.” It also played the old favorite, “Skeleton Key,” which contained powerful lyrics such as, “I miss you less and less everyday, this stream of whiskey’s helped to wash you away.”
J. Roddy Walston and the Business didn’t disappoint either. Walston is a true rock star on the piano. The crowd gave the band a huge round of applause after it closed the set out with its hit song, “Used to Did,” off its 2010 self titled album.