By: Sophia Varoumas
Photos By: Sophia Varoumas
Radio 104.5 and the Liacouras Center hosted the Miller Lite Mystery Show over the Thanksgiving weekend. Kicking off the season of giving, and showing their gratitude by giving Philadelphia a free concert with a twist.
The big mystery is that concert-goers don’t know who is playing the show until they actually hit the stage. With Miller Lite sponsoring the event, serving lots of cheer, with their beer bottles “dressed up” in festive ugly sweaters, music lovers got the opportunity to escape the leftovers and malls for a bit and enjoy some free music. The radio station listeners and Miller Lite fans were teased with a list of bands that could perform which included bands like The Killers, Weezer, Blink 182, Bastille, and other artists to pull in the crowd. At 9 PM, the wait was over, and the mystery was revealed when Icelandic band, Of Monsters and Men, graced the stage to perform a nearly packed venue on November 30th.
The headliners themselves asked our very own Philadelphia local band, Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties to open up for them on Saturday to which Dan Campbell, their frontman, talked about during their thirty-minute set. “Are you sure? We are like the saddest band ever!” Thanking 104.5 and Miller Lite often, they were honored that Of Monsters of Men asked them and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the special evening. The band’s song, “Routine Maintenance” recently became a part of the 104.5 playlist which they were proud to play.
Of Monsters and Men performed a pitch-perfect one hour set, full of their indie-pop hits from all three of their studio albums. Opening with “Alligator” lead singer, Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir was golden, literally. From head to toe in a gold sequin jumpsuit, playing a gold sparkle guitar and shaking her shag haircut, the band didn’t disappoint the huge crowd and the iHeart radio fans.
Most Americans get to enjoy a holiday break from their busy lives to be with their family and friends and be mindful of what they are thankful for this year. Though the break can be just as hectic, with Black Friday shopping, travel, and dinner planning, iHeart radio came up with this clever concept a couple of years ago, as a big ” Thank You” for listening and helping them continue to be the #1 American Audio company. The holidays are full of surprises and the Miller Lite Mystery Show was certainly a fun way to start the season off right.