The Common Kings came to NYC last year, but the winter put an end to the show before it even started. A blizzard hit and the show was snowed out. Having missed them last year, I had to be there this time around and it seems NYC was finally ready. Nothing could be the more perfect setting then a 70 degree March Wednesday evening, putting everyone in a good mood and ready for a great show. Make sure you check back for the full interview we had with them before this show.
The show started with a set by local Long Island band Oogee Wawa. At 7:00pm there is usually an empty house, with stragglers grabbing beers, close friends and family and a few diehard fans. But Oogee Wawa is no normal band. They opened their set to an almost full house. After touring extensively, they have built up a large fan base who made sure they were well represented here in their home town. With upbeat tracks like Tips and more somber numbers like Jump Off they set the tone for the night. Oogee Wawa’s awesome mix of reggae, rock and hip hop showed why they have such a big local fan base and have been honored with opening for Steel Pulse when they come to town. I can’t wait for their next show.
Following a rocking opening set, Tomorrow Bad Seeds took the stage. They have been performing with Common Kings throughout this tour and this was my first opportunity to see them live. As soon as they started, the crowd was jumping, another group with loyal fans, no matter what city they are in. After a few songs to fire up the crowd, they paused to say, “I know it’s not legal here…” encouraging the crowd to fire up a spliff as they rocked a great rendition of Vices.