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Review: Nathaniel Rateliff at The Fillmore

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at The Fillmore

By Holly Myles

After Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats performed only two songs, a thin, young guy was already wiping sweat from his brow. Not because it was hot in The Fillmore last night, but because he was jumping around, dancing his ass off from the very first note of their set.

The immediate reaction of those standing by this character seemed to be of distancing themselves. I mean, what kind of a nerd goes to a concert and actually dances? Psh, I’m too cool for that – the head nod is an appropriate amount of body movement to show my approval. Yet, he continued. Not afraid to show his excitement and passion. This, my friends, is what music is about. No fears, worries or cares, just pure enjoyment, expression and gratitude.

As evident by our friend that couldn’t keep still from the moment they took the stage, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats have the ability to turn an entire venue into a dance floor. Their sound is more of a throwback to the R&B groups of the 50s and 60s, than to the typical bands played on 89x these days, but the sold out show proved there’s a demand for a reemergence of this genre in the rock world. We couldn’t be more excited!

The fiery, deep vocals of Rateliff filling the air, simmering in a stew of horns and passionate rhythm, matched with their catchy songs, was a recipe for a great show. But they didn’t rest on their laurels. The infectious energy EVERY band member shared on the stage is something that will take this band and their fans to new heights. There’s no pretension on the stage, no agendas – the message their performance delivers is that of pure joy and honor.

When they finally played their hit “S.O.B.”, the crowd burst with energy and a desire to give back to the band all that they had laid out on the stage. By the end of the song, the entire venue took over singing and rhythm duties. The band held off playing any notes and we kept the beat ourselves with our synchronized clapping and stomping, and launched into the chorus with what little voice we had left. And you better believe our friend from the start of the show was singing the loudest.

Last night in Detroit, the fans reciprocated the feeling, giving their attention, admiration and sweat. We showed Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats how much we loved their music and their performance. There was nothing but gratitude for the band and the crowd. Together we made it a night to remember.

Nathaniel Ratliff at Fillmore Detroit

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