LIV has hosted many major acts over the years, most of them from the electronic dance music scene. However, as a part of the Fontainebleau’s BleauLive series, indie-rock band fun. played the venue on Wednesday, May 29.
After concertgoers were branded with colored wristbands to designate their place in the nightlife caste system, they made their way down the red carpet to have their photos taken and then entered the lavish digs of the club. In typical Miami fashion, much of the crowd was late, postponing the concert until the space was filled. A DJ spun radio-friendly (or more accurately, wedding-appropriate) music while revelers with the correct wristbands enjoyed an open bar (much to the dismay of guests with pink wristbands).
After the DJ assured for two hours that the band would arrive “in a few short minutes,” fun. appeared on stage to much bombast. They started off the set with “Out on the Town,” a low-key bonus track from their newest album "Some Nights" -- the song title was apropos for the night many at the event were having. They followed this with an enthusiastic rendition of “One Foot,” with blaring horns and thumping rhythm that everyone enjoyed (despite no one knowing the lyrics). They moved onto “Why Am I The One,” a song that recalled the 4 Non Blondes hit “What’s Up?” with an impossibly simple hook that many were able to sing along to by song’s end.
“Are we in a nightclub?” Fun. frontman Nate Ruess asked after performing three songs. After mentioning that this was the band’s first performance in Miami (they played in Sunrise and Hollywood before), Nate said he had Will Smith’s “Miami” stuck in his head much to his displeasure as he “f---ing hates” the song.
After this, the band went through a series of songs from their debut album "Aim and Ignite" including “Barlights.” The band attempted to get the crowd excited and sing along to the songs, but fans were clearly holding back for the monster hits.
Rather than sprinkle their most well-known songs throughout the set, the band decided to burn two of their biggest hits back to back, first with “Carry On” and then “We Are Young,” the former of which seemed to be drowned by the crowd’s singing. They followed these with “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” a classic rock staple that pleased many and was the send-off for the band.
After the typical chorus from the crowd begging for an encore (everyong knew one of their biggest hits was missing), the band came back to the stage to perform “Some Nights,” sending the crowd into a frenzy before calling it a night.
Fun. frontman Nate Ruess performs at LIV nightclub. Photo: Ricardo Mor