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Owl City takes the stage in Milwaukee to kick off The Cinematic Tour, his first in three years

Owl City’s Milwaukee show marked the beginning of the band’s first tour in three years. Perhaps this is what added to the crowd’s excitement, taking it from typical giddiness to a barely contained buzzing as a cheer erupted every time the lighting changed even slightly between sets.

When Adam Young finally appeared onstage, surrounded by instruments adorned with artificial flowers, fans responded with a full on roar. Young’s ability to switch between instruments so quickly and naturally was almost dizzying at first as the set opened with an instrumental interlude that took him from guitar to synth to drum kit with the assistance of a loop station. Adding to the magic of the show, many songs were also prefaced with excerpts from films, beginning with “we are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dreams” taken from Mel Stuart’s Willy Wonka (1971); these audio clips between songs supported the title of both the tour and album, Cinematic.

The magical atmosphere of the show, also created by Owl City’s characteristically synth-heavy tracks paired with a twinkling starry back drop, captivated both the children in the crowd (one girl was young enough to still have a pacifier) and the adults. Overall, the show was uniquely wonderful and most definitely something any fan of live music should experience.

Meghan Quadracci
Meghan Quadracci is a portrait and music documentary photographer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. See her work at megquadracci.com.

Owl City takes the stage in Milwaukee to kick off The Cinematic Tour, his first in three years

Owl City’s Milwaukee show marked the beginning of the band’s first tour in three years. Perhaps this is what added to the crowd’s excitement, taking it from typical giddiness to a barely contained buzzing as a cheer erupted every time the lighting changed even slightly between sets.

When Adam Young finally appeared onstage, surrounded by instruments adorned with artificial flowers, fans responded with a full on roar. Young’s ability to switch between instruments so quickly and naturally was almost dizzying at first as the set opened with an instrumental interlude that took him from guitar to synth to drum kit with the assistance of a loop station. Adding to the magic of the show, many songs were also prefaced with excerpts from films, beginning with “we are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dreams” taken from Mel Stuart’s Willy Wonka (1971); these audio clips between songs supported the title of both the tour and album, Cinematic.

The magical atmosphere of the show, also created by Owl City’s characteristically synth-heavy tracks paired with a twinkling starry back drop, captivated both the children in the crowd (one girl was young enough to still have a pacifier) and the adults. Overall, the show was uniquely wonderful and most definitely something any fan of live music should experience.

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