BY TER STAFF
Tonight Chicago’s 101 WKQX brought some of the best bands in rock and indie to the Aragon Ballroom for their annual The Nights We Stole Christmas. From top to bottom, start to finish, fans were in for a night that they would not soon forget. And while WKQX stole Christmas, the bands stole the show. With Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness’ opening set, Phantogram’s supporting performance, and of course Weezer closing the night, Night One of the holiday festivities was a huge success.
Up first was indie pop act, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, the Andrew McMahon-led group, who performed in support of their 2014 self-titled album. With McMahon killing it on the piano throughout the performance, taking trips into the audience on a couple occasions, energy levels were high during the entire set. And although McMahon first earned fame through his former band Jack’s Mannequin, no one at the Aragon was doing the #MannequinChallenege because the crowd and Andrew himself were live from start to finish.
Next up, Greenwich New York’s Phantogram returned to the Windy City after their Lollapalooza performance with Big Boi months ago. And just like Lollapalooza, the electro rock duo delivered, even if they were short an Outkast. Performing some of their best tracks, like ‘When I’m Small’ and ‘Fall In Love’, as well as some new tracks for the Chicago crowd, Phantogram rocked out for nearly an hour and exceeded our already high expectations.
Last but certainly not least, Weezer greeted the sold-out crowd to perform their catalog of hits. ‘Beverly Hills’, ‘Say It Ain’t So’, ‘Undone — The Sweater Song’, ‘Buddy Holly’ and ‘Hash Pipe’ were just a few of Weezer’s hit singles that got the crowd wild all through the night. Whether fans came for Phantogram, Andrew McMahon or of course the night one headliners, everyone was able to enjoy Weezer’s nostalgic set, which also included memorable performances from their 2016 self-titled album.
Check out our photos from tonight’s performance below and check out the remaining artists for WKQX’s The Nights We Stole Christmas here.
Photos by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness