Night one of FM 102/1s Big Snow Show 14 (BSS) featuring Cage The Elephant, Angels and Airwaves, and The Federal Empire was a huge success! From open to close the spectacular Eagles Ballroom was packed. The first time Cage The Elephant headlined Big Snow Show was in 2011 when frontman Matt Shultz climbed the VIP balcony only to leap from it back into the crowd!

Staying true to his crazy antics, Matt danced, kicked, and laid across the stage in all red apparel, backpack and mask during the first couple songs. Over time layers came off, and an arguably creepier mask was worn. The crowd moved with him like a roaring sea and sang every word. Cage the Elephant played a thorough run of their discography, hitting #1 Billboard classics like “Come a Little Closer” and “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked,” and new ones like “Tokyo Smoke.” There was never a dull moment on stage. Even when tempo slowed down with “Cigarette Daydreams” or “Goodbye,” everyone was captivated and in tune with the band.

Cage The Elephant is set to be playing a few different festivals in the new year and embarking overseas for a handful of dates. For a band going on 15 years and having just released a new album, they still stand as a strong force in rock and roll. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see one of their bustling shows, make it a priority.


— Nadia Hazimeh