Lawrence Kansas is known for many things: The University of Kansas, basketball, a bloody battle that helped spur the Civil War…but it is also a good town for live music. On Friday night, The Granada played host to three acts, to a standing room only crowd…mostly because The Granada doesn’t have any assigned seating.
It was the first American tour for both Eklipse, a female string quartet from Germany, who play familiar tunes with a unique, acoustic style, who have just released their first album in North America. Their ethereal sound was underscored by the near-darkness in which they played, illuminated by a couple of dim spot lights and red track lighting on their instruments.
Delain followed, and clearly had an established following, as evidenced by the numerous shirts in the audience, and shouts of “I love you Charlotte” from one enthusiastic fan. Delain closed out their hour set with “We Are the Others” from their album Interlude, clearly the crowd favorite of the set.
Naturally, Kamelot took the stage last. The size of the crowd in the venue had nearly doubled during the 30 minute window that the stage was set for them. Playing a decidedly heavier metal than the symphonic type that Delain played, Kamelot roused the crowd with hits like “The Great Pandemonium.”
For more information about the artists, and to see their touring schedule, please visit their websites below: