Apr. 11, 2014–Karmin, The Neighbourhood, and Panic! At The Disco grace the stage of the USF sundome parking lot to give fans a memorable show in celebration of USF week. It’s a concert you never imagined would happen: three amazing groups playing a free show with a decent-sized crowd, performing their most well-known as well as their most recent hits.
After a few local bands, Karmin was the first to take the stage around 7pm. As someone who’s heard literally one track from this American pop-duo, I was hugely impressed with what they had to offer. They were a perfect blend of dance, pop, and hip hop, and successful in getting everyone pumped for the night. Though undeniably talented at covering songs, Karmin proved their originality with “Brokenhearted”, “I Want It All”, “Acapella”, and “Try Me On”. That, paired with Heidemann’s dominant stage presence and her partner’s skilled trumpeteering, established a great pulse and vibe for the crowd. Following Karmin was The Neighbourhood, which proved to be somewhat of a disappointment in terms of performance–but I can’t tell if it’s because they switched stages and were farther away, or because their music is something you listen to by yourself, or in some underground cafe/poetry jam. “Baby Came Home”, “Afraid”, “Let It Go”, and “Sweater Weather” (of course) made up most of their tracklist, but Californian Jesse Rutherford’s voice wasn’t properly heard through each track’s deep bass. What resulted was a confusing and temporarily undecipherable mesh; ultimately, this band is a personal jam session rather than a full-blown concert craze. Speaking of full-blown: things got rowdy as Panic! took the stage, most everyone’s favorite middle/high school band. They performed several tracks off their new album including “This Is Gospel”, “Girls/Girls/Boys”, and “Nicotine”, all while still evoking that warm feeling of nostalgia with “Nine in the Afternoon” and “Camisado”. They even attempted a couple covers of Journey and AC/DC (which only intensified everyone’s
adoration towards Urie’s matchless pitches) and finished with “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” as they rightfully should have. Bullstock came to a close with a literal bang: fireworks exploded behind Panic!’s stage to a soulful “We Are The Champions”.
Perhaps the greatest aspect of the night was the crowd; though amped up, everyone was there for only one reason. Karmin and Panic! were definite favorites; perhaps The Neighbourhood was assigned the task of slowing things down for a bit. Though the concert was outdoors–and in a parking lot, of all places–this was hardly noticed with all the excitement going on. The university’s USF week event is definitely something to watch out for next year: the concerts aren’t usually broadcasted, but they feature amazing acts and are free to students and the public. Not to mention, Bullstock provided one of the best concert experiences (if not the best, in my experience) and didn’t cost anything except the drive over. Score: 9/10. Nataly Capote/A&E Editor