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Sac State Brings Fun. and Avalanche City To Campus

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Indie music ruled the night at the California State University, Sacramento Union Ballroom this past Monday. Both the opening and feature band gave the audience great performances and showed their eclectic sound.

Opening the show was New Zealand group, Avalanche City, originally started as a solo project by Dave Baxter. The multi-instrumental band now includes musicians Ben Duncan, Strahan Cole, Romelei Rodriguez, Ben Tolich and Johnny Brock. From violin and accordion to banjo and ukulele, Avalanche City is anything but an ordinary band.

Released in 2011, Avalanche City’s debut album, “Our New Life Above The Ground,” had great success in both New Zealand and Australia. Avalanche City has gained popularity over the past year in the U.S. with the recent single, "Love Love Love."

Avalanche City was engaging with the crowd and ended their set with an acoustic version of their hit single. Avalanche City’s similar sound was a great introduction for the headlining band, Fun.

From New York, lead Vocalist Nate Ruess formed the band Fun. in 2008 and has since released two full-length albums, “Aim and Ignite” in 2009 and “Some Nights” in 2012. Band members include Jack Antonoff (guitar, trumpet), Andrew Dost (vocals/piano/ guitar), Nate Harold (bass guitar) and Emily Moore (vocals/keys).

From beginning to end, the entire band had a lot of energy and it was contagious. After the first song, Ruess spoke to the crowd.

"If you’ve never been to a Fun. show, there is just one rule: all you have to do is sing along."

In addition to the band being musically inclined, Ruess’ vocals allow the band to stand out. With folk sounding vocals and a combination of fun and energetic songs and slower, down tempo songs, the band was able to keep the crowd engaged.

When the band started up the beginning of the recent hit single, "We Are Young," the entire crowd was engaged from beginning to end. From lighters to phones and cameras in the air, this was the highlight song everyone had been waiting for.

Charming and talented, both Fun. and Avalanche City put on a spectacular show that left the audience wanting more.

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