By Matthew Mahoney
A throng of young folks smiled with chapped lips when the doormen at Terminal 5 finally opened the doors to last Friday’s sold out show. The group, predominantly high school and college students, was glad to finally get out of the frigid and windy street and into the warm interior of Terminal 5 where a sizable crowd was gathered for headliner Cherub’s first opener, ForteBowie.
The group consisted of two young men who entertained the crowd with some of their own original rap, and some covers including, to the crowd’s delight, “CoCo” by O.T. Genasis and “Hannah Montana” by Migos. ForteBowie, who hail from Atlanta, Georgia riled up the crowd with their set. At one point, it seemed like an audience member was going to attempt to jump from the first balcony to crowd surf through the main crowd, but he ended up climbing back over the barrier.
The second opener, Mystery Skulls, kept the audience’s attention and energy up with a set that included the best lights of the night. A triangular rainbow strobe light plane emanated from right above Mystery Skulls’ mastermind Luis Dubuc. After playing for roughly a half an hour Dubuc closed out his set with the catchy “Magic,” a track which features Brandy and Nile Rogers.
Finally, it was time for Cherub to take the stage. Cherub, an electro-pop/R&B group signed to Columbia Records, consists of Nashville natives Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber. The pair met in college while studying music in Tennessee and soon hit it off. The two are clearly good friends as well as performers. Their set began quite energetically, and never really slowed down. The pair did not even take an encore; they just played straight through until their final track, “Doses and Mimosas,” which was also their most notable track.
The set consisted mostly of tracks from their latest album, “Year of the Caprese,” which was released in May of 2014; however, there were a few tracks from each of their EPs. The duo also covered Calvin Harris’ “Feel So Close,” which was met with much enthusiasm from the audience.
Overall, the duo had a great energy, although it might have been a good idea to slow the set down a bit now and then. It was clear that the crowd was rather exhausted by the time “Doses and Mimosas” — the song most had probably come to the show to hear — was finally played.
Matthew Mahoney is a staff writer. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.