Lights off, Gianni Luminati, Sarah Blackwood, and Ryan Marshall stood in formation in the middle of the stage at Best Buy Theater, waiting for Marshall’s trumpet to signal the start of the show. This moment would end up to be the most still Walk Off The Earth would be throughout their entire performance. And with one backwards throw of a trumpet, Best Buy Theater was confounded in a light show explosion. From the moment their set started, each member of Walk Off The Earth was constantly on the move. Whether it was retrieving yet another instrument, jumping in formation, or switching stage spots, watching Walk Off The Earth requires great visual diligence. Look away for a second, and miss a once-in-a-WOTE-performance surprise.
“You’re a loud bunch of people, we like loud.” – Sarah Blackwood R.E.V.O.’s “Speeches” was among the first energetic songs to enrapture the packed theater. During which Sarah Blackwood and Gianni Luminati kicked their respective cymbals in sync, which were laden with glitter and dust, creating a colorful mist to match the harmonious rhythm of the song. “Red Hands” was hands down (pun definitely intended) a set highlight, even including cannon explosions and gigantic flags being waved onstage.
A Walk Off The Earth performance is simply mind-boggling once you realize how many moving parts are necessary to put on their show. It is really a well-oiled machine, and we’re lucky that it is. Stage hands are always on the ready with more instruments in tow and it is no doubt a big factor into what makes Walk Off The Earth performances so entertaining. During “Money Tree,” with instruments moving left and right, the song was beautifully performed with its overlapping vocals to mirror the precision of its recorded counterpart.
“Take a moment to say hi to who’s next to you. Just wanna make sure that everyone’s cool with each other.” – Gianni Luminati
Introducing “Gang of Rhythm,” Luminati stated that it was “A song about a song. It’s actually more than that. It’s about 2,000 people getting together in a room and singing together.” And instantly Best Buy Theater turned into a huge sing-a-long. Confetti canons and giant balloons released, really adding to the merriment of the show. During the band’s encore, “Little Boxes” had the audience waving their arms from side to side while “Somebody I Used To Know” mesmerized with WOTE’s brilliant 5-people-playing-one-guitar rendition. Closing out the show was “Summer Vibe” which included a very appropriate quip from Luminati: “This polar vortex shit is really pissing me off but these good times are here to warm us up.” The newly packed stage was adorned with people waving “Summer Vibe” signs, with everyone dancing together, mirroring the glee seen throughout the audience.
Walk Off The Earth is Gianni Luminati, Sarah Blackwood, Ryan Marshall, Mike Taylor, Joel Cassady.