Show Review: Young the Giant, Beaches, and Wilderado at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, OK

104.5 the Edge continued their annual holiday tradition of hosting their highly anticipated Christmas concert. Hosted at the historic Cain’s Ballroom, the lineup this year featured the Beaches, Tulsa’s own Wilderado, and Young the Giant for an evening full of great music and holiday cheer. 

The Beaches kicked off the party with their unique brand of alt-rock that was an immediate hit with the sold-out crowd. The Canadian quartet has been together for over a decade now, and their musical performance is evidence of that fact. With their new album—released in October—Blame My Ex, Beaches entered into a dazzling new era. With its pop-rock style, lead single “Blame Brett” became a sensation, earning more than 13 million streams on Spotify and 10 million views on TikTok. 

Predominantly, the band played songs from their new record, though a couple of songs from Late Show and End of Summer were sprinkled in throughout the set. As soon as the foursome took stage, they immediately launched into “Kismet,” a catchy romp that had the audience bouncing up and down in time to the music. Kicking it into high gear with the fast-paced “Me & Me,” vocalist Jordan Miller sang the mile-a-minute lyrics with a practiced ease, making it look like a walk in the park. 

Between songs, the Beaches treated the audience to funny anecdotes, most notably one about the band’s ill-fated (and later canceled) performance in Tulsa years earlier. When the members were in high school, the Canadians tried to cross the border into the U.S. without visas because they thought they didn’t need them to cross into the touching country. Rather unfortunately, the band were detained and weren’t allowed to come back to the United States for a year. Their set at the Edge Christmas Concert more than made up for the long delay.

Next up, Oklahoma’s own Wilderado took the stage for their second Edge Christmas concert, playing the event the year before. This also marked Wilderado’s first hometown show since May. The Christmas concert was quite the special occasion, though as a significant portion of the audience was actually related to the band, giving the show an intimate feel. 

Wilderado pulled out all the stops for Tulsa, playing fan favorites like “Surefire,” “The Morning Light,” “Rubble to Rubble,” “Take Some Time,” and many, many more. Between songs, vocalist Max Rainer thanked the audience for their unwavering support throughout the years. He went on to say that he never expected any of this to happen, even in his wildest dreams. Each and every time he spoke, the crowd gave a ground-shaking cheer that overtook Rainer’s next sentence. Say what you will about Tulsa, Oklahoma, but when one of our own makes it big, they become heroes to the entire city. 

Finally, it was time for Young the Giant to take the historic stage. As soon as vocalist Sameer Gadhia stepped into the stage lights, a veil of fog shrouded him, brilliant white lights pierced through the darkness, giving Gadhia an almost ethereal appearance. The sounds of title track “American Bollywood” soon filled the air, giving the crowd a taste of what was to come during the band’s setlist. 

Playing primarily from their newest record American Bollywood, the band treated fans to performances of “Cult of Personality,” “Dancing in the Rain,” “Dollar $tore,” “Guardian Angel,” “The Walk Home,” and “Wake Up.” The synth-heavy set was an immediate hit with fans, almost just as much as Gadhia’s myriad of auxiliary percussion instruments that he slung around the stage.

Young the Giant’s set was the perfect end to yet another Edge Christmas Concert, also marking one of the final concerts of 2023 at Cain’s Ballroom. Time will only tell who will grace the wooden stage in 2024. Regardless, 2024 will be a special year for the venue, as it will celebrate its 100th year in operation.

Young the Giant

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