Theory of a Deadman
The Beacham in Orlando, Florida threw doors wide open in the middle of the week to provide a packed out house with an energetic show. Artifas, a five-man powerhouse from Memphis, TN took the stage first and the crowd soon gathered at the rail to catch their set, making it clear to all why they were chosen for the Theory of a Deadman Blows Tour.
After a very brief tear down and set up (kudos to the crew!) Aranda followed. It was impossible to discern long-time fans from new converts if based solely on crowd reaction. Hailing from Oklahoma, brothers Dameon and Gabe may have stolen the show from their headliners as song after song fans surged and cheered. The Aranda charisma cannot be denied and Pop Evil, the third act of the night, may well agree as they invited Aranda on stage to perform with them.
Aranda (click image for full set)
Standing atop a pedestal nearly the entire show, Pop Evil lead singer Leigh Kakaty was right where his fans put him, and he performed with an air of appreciation and humility. Pop Evil skips the stage tricks and sticks with what they do best: artully performing a catalogue of killer tunes to an audience of adoring fans.
Pop Evil (click image for full set)
The final act of the night, Theory of a Deadman lit up the stage, quite literally, and played a full-length set full of hits and crowd favorites. If ever a band looked as though they were having the time of their lives, Theory would be that act, and that enthusiasm did not escape the massive crowd that packed the floor for the entirely of Theory’s set. Fans who lined up hours before the doors opened, stayed right up to the very last song.
Theory of a Deadman (click image for full set)
A special mention must go to the venue itself for being one of my new favorite venues in Florida. They handled the lines and the crowd with efficiency and treated everyone with respect. The venue should look forward to hosting bands of this calibre because they’re clearly equipped to handle the crowds that follow them.