Photos and review by Merideth C.
The show at the Fillmore on October 4 started with local Pop/Soul band The Infatuations. These guys have been taking the Motor City by storm lately, winning local music awards and wooing audiences with their upbeat, uplifting, and very danceable sound. On Saturday, once lead singer Caleb Gutierrez started singing, it was hard not to become a fan, but he took it a step further and gave audience members who hadn’t heard of them a free CD. This was my first time seeing them live, even though I have a connection with the band. Caleb and I went to elementary school together! If they had a fan by association before, now they have a fan in earnest.
The Infatuations really had the crowd revved up for the main event. Here Come the Mummies took an alternate route to the stage, coming from the back of the crowd and playing drums and using a megaphone in a sort of conga line as they passed through their fans. If you’ve never heard of Here Come the Mummies, I have to tell you that they are a pretty weird experience. The members all play in mummy costumes with full makeup hiding their true identities. There are rumors about who is in the band, but no one really knows for sure. The whole thing seems really kitschy until they start to play. The rumors that the band has several grammy award winning members is easy to believe. The show was a solid 2 hours of almost non-stop music, theatrics, dancing, jumping, and sexual innuendo. The band likes to play with a ton of props. My favorites were a large chain they were banging on a metal serving tray and the hilarious “Cowbelt”; a belt fitted with a cowbell and percussion mallet that is played by constantly thrusting the hips. The best part was seeing so many members of the audience join in with this “dance move” and many others throughout the set. The whole night was so weird, but so fun. I honestly can’t wait until they come back so I can see them again.
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- Tonight We Celebrate
- Dancin' On My Knees
- Box of Shells
- Miss You
- Diamond Disco
- Drop Top Lover
- Down Jefferson