Denver’s Tennis graced the Rock N Roll Hotel stage on Monday night with the reggae-infused soul bands, Wild Belle.
I can honestly say I came into the night not knowing a thing about Wild Belle and was instantly turned into a fan. It doesn’t happen often but it did that night. The band led by siblings Natalie and Elliot Bergman, played a set that had the crowd jammin’ in the most relaxed, yet fun manner that one could obtain on a Monday night. Natalie’s voice was reminiscent of the late Amy Winehouse, moving gracefully to the beats of their tracks as brother Elliot takes charge of the keyboards and his very sweet saxophone that resulted in many hoots and hollers from the crowd. The love was received as Natalie smiles and says, “DC. I think I have a new favorite city.”
Tennis hits the stage to the ever present sounds of the excited DC crowd. The band led by husband and wife duo Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore played tracks Cape Dory, their latest Young & Old, along with a Television cover and a new one. It was a delight to hear so many of the songs I’ve been playing on repeat for the longest time and taking in how wonderful they were to hear live, especially with Alaina’s voice. As she mentioned before, they bad luck in playing their DC shows. First time was a house show with a terrible PA, resulting in bad sound; second when they opened up for the Walkmen at 9:30 Club, she had been so nervous, she was throwing up; third when they had played RNR before and she was sick and could hardly sing. It was safe to say that after the set they played, fourth time’s a charm!
Tennis is a band you must see live!
Check out our photos from the show below.