Live from The Pageant (St. Louis, MO) it's Tegan and Sara! You wake up Saturday morning and look at your calendar and see that the pop duo of twin sisters Tegan and Sara are coming to town. To be honest, this particular outing is the first time going to a T&S show. Before every show I like to walk around the venue a few hours early as fans line up, I over hear a few of the music lovers anticipation for their favorite musician(s). Making their own dream set lists of what the band will play for that evening.
To be perfectly honest I have never seen Tegan and Sara live and as I listened to some of the fans converse about their favorite songs and past experiences I was very excited to say the least. As a fan of music I am always open to new artists I have never seen or heard before. Tegan and Sara however are a duo I have heard a bit over the years with songs popping up here and there on commercials, films, and television shows.
The show started at 8 PM. The opener was one I had never heard but were a good band to get the crowd ready. TORRES hit the stage and took the Pageant crowd on a groove set with long notes, guitar riffs and and a folk feel. TORRES aka Mackenzie Scott is a singer/songwriter from Macon, Georgia. TORRES has opened for Garbage and Brandi Carlile. TORRES is currently touring/opening for Tegan and Sara for their Love You to Death Tour.
After a 45 minute set, TORRES left the stage and suddenly the atmosphere changed. Maybe it was because the crowd knew Tegan and Sara were next and it was Saturday night. Live music and Saturday nights go hand in hand. I took a break and went to relax in the Halo Bar, located right in front of the Pageant. After a quick break I headed back inside to ready the storm, the barricade was closer to the stage than usual which for fans made them feel closer to the artists. I stood in the photo pit and talked to some of the fans in the front row. They were excited and talking about all the other shows they had attended, they also prepared me for what to expect from a T&S show. Suddenly the lights went down and the crowd roared.
Tegan and Sara hit the stage! The crowd erupted in applause and joy as the duo took it all in before beginning to play, they opened with 'Back In Your Head' a great way to start the show with a fun and upbeat song, driven by the melody from the keys. Sara took the lead with Tegan backing her up. Another fan favorite, 'How Come You Don't Want Me' had fans singing to every word. For an band I never really listened to I found myself enjoying the show very much. The infectious crowd had me tapping my foot and bobbing my head as I made my way around the venue.
Tegan took the time in between their set to talk to the crowd and the St. Louis crowd loved it. Tegan did the iconic SNL "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" She also took the time to say some kind words about the city and how much fun they had at the city museum. The duo continued their set and ended with 'Closer' before the encore. The crowd new better and returned for the encore, closing out the night with 'Stop Desire' from their latest album. The night was one I won't forget any time soon and if Tegan and Sara stop by your town make sure to snag some tickets before the sell out, because they will.