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Review: Kongos Catered to A Packed House at Neptune Theatre

January 14, 2019
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Kongos are: Daniel (guitar), Dylan (bass), Johnny (accordion, keys), and Jesse (percussion)

Take it from me – the South African American brothers, now hailing from Phoenix, completely rocked the house on Friday night. 

I’ll be really honest, I have only listened to a handful of Kongos songs in the past, so I took the liberty of listening to their entire discography before the show. I immediately fell in love with their incredibly unique sound. Kongos, made up of four brothers (whose last name is Kongos) all provide vocals. 

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Jesse started off the first song with some rhythmic rim clicks, and the next thing I heard, an accordion!

The first song was called I Am Not Me, which I’m guessing is a song from their upcoming album, 1929: Part 1, because I haven't heard if before. They continued their stellar set with The World Would Run Better  off their 2016 album Egomaniac, where Daniel takes a turn singing the melody of this upbeat, groovy song. They they jumped into the fan favorite, Take It From Me  and the crowd all sang along. It was during this song that I realized that each of the brothers took turns on the mic because Jesse was singing the melody while playing drums (which, to me, is incredibly impressive) while the others provided beautiful harmonies along the way. 

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The guys played a handful of new songs throughout the set, including a fresh song called, When You’re Here, (which gave me some Phil Collins vibes) and their latest release, Pay For The Weekend. They also catered to their hardcore fans by diving into their Egomaniac and Lunatic albums. The most wild song they played was Come With Me Now, even more electrifying live than I ever could have dreamed it to be. Dylan’s strong vocals were all but overpowered by the audience, and the energy was extremely high as everyone was dancing and singing along. The last song of their set was Birds Do It, which included a killer accordion solo, and after that, the band walked off stage, all of them waving to the crowd.

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The audience went completely nuts cheering for an encore; that was definitely one of the most intense moments of the whole night. When the band came back out, they mentioned that Seattle had just “set the bar for the rest of the tour” with their energy. For an encore, they played a unique, Kongos-rendition of The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” and they ended their show by playing I’m Only Joking, another fan favorite. 

It’s incredibly obvious that Kongos are well loved and received in Seattle. The vibe at Neptune Theatre was ridiculously intense. I’m not ashamed to say that I was awe-struck just about the whole time, but with Seattle being only the third stop of the tour, and with Kongos’ new album “1929” being released on January 18th, I can only imagine that the remaining shows will be just as fierce and dynamic as this one.

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