Fighting Gravity, a rock-ska band from Richmond, Va., came to the Trocadero last Thursday night. Although they were not headliners, the band managed a 45-minute set and played many crowd favorites.
Before the show, Gravity lead singer Schiavone McGee and bassist Dave Peterson were spotted chatting with fans, and even taking requests for the upcoming set.
But as soon as the band hit the stage, the room filled with elusive energy. McGee began the show singing and dancing with immense enthusiasm. He encouraged the crowd to sing along with him for many of their popular songs like “Forgotten,” “Breathing,” and “Bend the Light.” McGee specifically invited the fans in the “beer garden” (the Troc’s Balcony Bar) to join him closer to the stage.
Throughout the set, drummer Michael Boyd and guitarist Rich Stine contributed to the band’s overall energy on stage, which penetrated through the crowd.
Another crowd favorite was “Mash It Up,” where horn player John Utley, took over McGee’s microphone and rapped the song. Fighting Gravity also took the opportunity during the set to introduce new material to the Philly crowd.
Singer/songwriter, Mary Prankster opened the evening, and The Samples played at two-hour set after Fighting Gravity.