Bring the Noise: Bloc Party and Santigold, Aug. 11, The Boulevard Pool
Yes, even Las Vegas needs a rain contingency plan. A massive throng waited more than two hours before English quartet Bloc Party hit the stage of Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool, which didn’t seem to have a strategy to allow for shows in wet weather. It had struggled to adequately protect Santigold’s equipment, resulting in the announcement that only headliner Bloc Party would perform. Then, the intro music for that band crackled and popped upon its first airing, delaying the show further.
Bloc Party can’t catch a break in Las Vegas. Its 2007 Pearl gig was marred by technical difficulties. It was upstaged by support act Franz Ferdinand in 2008 at The Joint. And just a few months back, singer Kele Okereke DJ’d at Moon and met a disinterested dance floor until he played LMFAO and Coldplay remixes.
At 11:15 p.m., Bloc Party finally emerged playing new song “Octopus,” with Okereke and crew doing its best to keep waning crowd energy up. It succeeded during the band’s most well-known song, “Banquet,” as well as 2009’s “One More Chance,” which prompted a genuine dance party and segued right into the feel-good “This Modern Love.” It was a solid hour, but only an hour (whereas other cities have enjoyed longer sets, with encores).
To the surprise of those who stayed, Santigold came out 25 minutes later and played a tight, spirited (and likely trimmed) half-hour set that included summer single “Disparate Youth,” breakout hit “L.E.S. Artistes” and her other ragga-flavored New Wave anthems. By this point, there was no rain to dampen her, her digital instrumentation, her two back-up singer-dancers, or the all-too-patient audience. MIKE PREVATT