Thursday, February 2, 2012

Live review: Winter Luau

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Winter Luau f. The Aqualads, Chalkies, Modern Primitives
The Milestone
Jan. 27, 2012

Typically, when it comes time for the Milestone's Winter Luau, people are prepared for a cold, ironic party filled with surf jams and good times. This year, the irony lay elsewhere as 2012's winter weather patterns mimicked that of early spring. It was upwards of 60 degrees, even after dark, and nobody had on scarves or sweaters over the requisite Hawaiian shirts they wore for the January 27 celebration.

With tiki decorations and Chalkies' singer Mark Lynch performing in a grass skirt, the vibe felt downright summery. Leis and tropical drinks were staple accessories for the celebration that commenced when Modern Primitives took the stage.

The Aqualads closed the night as headliners for the second year in a row. The band's surf-rock twang is the perfect showcase for the event — Charlotte's own poster child for fun in the sun. With floating guitars and bright melodies, their music wisped the audience away like the summer breeze, bringing the crowd back to the sunshine in their minds.

Ladies danced around the stage, grabbing their boys for '60s-like surf rock get-down. As Aqualads progressed into a cover of Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs' “Wooly Bully,” it was apparent everyone was loving the moment, twisting and shaking. “I could get used to this 'global warming' stuff,” a girl said to her friend as she shed her excess layers of clothing.

Although it may be odd to experience a summer-themed party in the dead of winter, it certainly was more fun jamming out to the Aqualads in a tank top, even in January.

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