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Show Review: Mesa community event taps Young the Giant for big summer bash

In the spirit of celebrating community and music, Young the Giant paid a visit to Arizona on Saturday for a free show in Mesa. Local residents of all ages turned up to enjoy a rare cool evening under the stars while the band got the party started. 

The event, labeled I Love Mesa Day, provided free entertainment to city residents and a safe place in the community’s largest venue. The amphitheatre was packed to the steps with families, friends and genuinely excited superfans of the band. 

Young the Giant, for their part, made a lovely speech about the power of such communities, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent return to live music at this scale. Not ones to waste an opportunity to rock, they jammed with the audience to fan favorites like “Apartment”, “Something to Believe In”, and “Mind Over Matter”. 

The setlist never had a dull moment, and YTG even injected a beautiful cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” that had everyone swaying and singing along. Their time ended after “Cough Syrup” made everyone emotional and “Superposition” had them jumping and dancing. Naturally the band made use of every minute available before the city’s noise curfew, returning to slam out a three song encore that included the hip-shaking “Silvertongue” and “My Body”. 

Check out our photos from the show!

Story and photos by Olivia Khiel