Article by Jillian Blumberg
Photography by Jeremy Elder
Milky Chance is primarily a German folk group that incorporates elements of folk, reggae, and jazz to make their sound truly unique. Beginning their roll almost four years ago with their single “Stolen Dance,” the world immediately fell in love. Later that year, they released their debut album Sadnecessary – and they were off. Since then, they’ve been thrust into the European spotlight and have been nominated for a number of awards, winning Best Single in 2013 and Best Album in 2015.
After humbly walking onto the stage and taking their places Monday, March 13th, the crowd screamed and then silenced immediately, patiently waiting for the first chord. The group began the set with a handful of tracks from their new album, Blossom, which comes out on Friday March 17th. It was clearly visible that this album would have the same reaction as their last did.
It has been mentioned many times that Clemens Rehbein’s stage presence makes the show, and any other description of him doesn’t do the show justice. He was able to dance around, skillfully jumping over all the chords attached to his microphone and guitar, interacting with the audience during every song.
As soon as the audience heard the familiar chord that leads into “Flashed Junk Mind,” I don’t think any more screaming could have fit in that concert hall. The new tracks were soon mixed in with old favorites, making the crowd that much more involved.
Even more impressive was Tony Greger’s ability to mesmerize everyone with the sounds of his harmonica. After being added to the group in 2015, it’s apparent that he gave the group exactly what threw them over the normal boundaries. By turning a few bridges and solos into a focus on Tony’s harmonica, they managed to morph their old hits into the similar sounds of their new album.
To end the set, they played “Cocoon,” the lead single from their upcoming album. It was a perfect ending: letting their set end on something new, but also allowing the crowd to sing along as the song was released in November.
After a few minutes of filling the rooms with claps and cheers, the band filled the stage once again. A new intro was added to their classic “Stolen Dance,” thrilling the most steadfast fans. Hearing this song and watching the swarm of people having the time of their lives was a wonderfully beautiful sight. They wrapped up their encore with “Sweet Sun,” allowing the night to end on a perfect bitter-sweet moment.
The night was mixed perfectly with old and new, which I’ve come to believe is one of Milky Chance’s special touches. This band’s future is sure to be an interesting one, because by the looks of it, they’ve only just begun to make an impact.