As THON continues on, it’s easy to lose track of who’s performing when, especially since the vast majority of THON’s musical bits come from local cover bands with setlists that blend together. While The Brass Cadillacs still falls under the cover band distinction, with a trumpet and trombone to compliment the normal guitar, bass, and drums, the music sounded anything but ordinary.
Introduced as a band that would “give the good people of State College the covers they deserved,” The Brass Cadillacs took no time to get into the hits, playing a jazzy version of “Come On Eileen,” followed by a rendition of THON favorite “Hey Ya.” The band then switched to more a rock vibe, playing Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl,” and “Little Talks,” by Of Monsters And Men, promptly transitioning to “Are You Gonna Be My Girl,” which brought the BJC to it highest energy level in hours.
After asking THON if it liked ska music, the band played Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtrack feature “Superman,” by Goldfinger, which seemed to be slightly foreign to the BJC (although this writer enjoyed it). After sensing the mood,The Brass Cadillacs shifted over to the classic Yellowcard song “Ocean Avenue.”
After a brief Disney sing-a-long break that featured “Under the Sea,” and “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King,” the group brought it back to upbeat rock with songs from Paramore, The Postal Service, and Smallpools before mellowing it out and playing a souldful version of “What’s Up,” by 4 Non-Blondes. They closed out the set with a spirited cover of “Take On Me,” and “Melt With You,” by Modern English.
In an event with energy levels that constantly hit peaks and valleys, The Brass Cadillacs certainly won’t be remembered as the most energetic or fun band of the weekend, but it brought THON a much needed wake-up at a time where energy seemed to be fading fast.