A Cold Kingdom, Signals that are Sleepy, and a Last Show

March 02, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

It was a bittersweet show at The What's Up Lounge on Thursday, March 1st.  Don't get me wrong, the lineup was amazing.  Three heavy hitting rock bands were on the bill and I knew the show would be packed when I saw the bands that were booked.  Sure enough, the place was pretty full shortly after the doors opened and it just kept filling up.  I made my way around to say hi to everyone and it seemed like many of the people I've met at shows were at this one!

The final show.  I remember when Diskord first jumped back on the scene.  I rushed back from an early show in the Twin Cities to catch them and made it just in time.  From then until now, I made sure to catch as many shows as I could with Diskord on the list.  I saw their popularity rise throughout 2017, so it was a bit of a surprise for me to hear they were calling it quits.  No matter what, I am happy to have been part of something pretty cool.  Diskord went on stage around 8:45 pm and The What's Up was packed.  It was hard to make my way up to the front, but there was a little room up by the stage that allowed me to get in and take my photos.  They made sure everyone was involved with this last performance.  People were yelling random things between the songs and everyone was laughing and having a great time.  Their shows always have a ton of energy, but there was that little bit more put into this last show.  At the end of it all, Zimmy thanked everyone for coming out to Diskord's last show.  I look forward to seeing what is next for all the members in the band!

Next up on the Tour-rito Supreme stop was Sleep Signals.  These guys have always put on quite a powerful show, but the lineup had changed again from the last time they were in Mankato, or at least it seemed like it to me.  Either way, they had the lights and stage presence that had the crowd coming up close to the stage to see more, which was good since the set change had thinned out the crowd a bit.  People were back upstairs pretty quickly though once Sleep Signals started playing.  Halfway through the set, the venue had gotten pretty full of the smoke from the machines pumping them out of the stands on stage.  As I attempted to get full band photo from the behind the crowd, I noticed that I could no longer see the drummer!  Even with the over-abundance of smoke, Sleep Signals still delivered a fast and hard hitting set that I've come to expect from them.

After the doors were opened and the big fan that blows air outside was turned on, the smoke cleared and Cold Kingdom took to the stage.  They are known for starting out at full speed and tonight was no different.  This being the first show without Zac, I was curious to catch up with the band.  There was a subtle difference in how they sounded, but it was still complete awesomeness!!  I'm amazed at how energetic and engaging Cold Kingdom's sets are.  They certainly go all out and after seeing them live again, I realized it had been too long and I should really head to their shows more often!  It's no surprise that their popularity has been rising quickly in the last year.  Cold Kingdom keeps it going strong and played all the crowd favorites like "M", "Surrender", and "Crash Poet" and ended with their newer single, "The Break".  The "Tour-rito Supreme Tour" has scheduled stops all over in the next month, so head over to to their website or Facebook page to see if they are stopping in your area!  You won't be disappointed with a Cold Kingdom show!

As always, get out and support live music and I'll see you out there!


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