Minus the Bear says goodbye to Pittsburgh with sold-out show, 2-hour set

November 12, 2018

Minus the Bear frontman and guitarist Jake Snider spoke only briefly during Tuesday’s show, its last in Pittsburgh.

Snider admitted the band had played Pittsburgh a lot through its existence, giving shout outs to Mr. Roboto Project in Bloomfield and South Side’s Club Cafe.

But no matter the number of times played in the city, the Seattle band gave a sold-out crowd at Mr. Small’s Theatre a memorable adieu on “The Farewell Tour,” playing 25 songs over 2 hours. From the time the band took the Millvale stage at 9:16 p.m. to the time they walked off, the indie rock outfit gave fans a lively set well worth the $25+ ticket price. Minus the Bear played with precision and had a presence that kept fans clamoring for more an hour into their set, with chants of “play all night” from some. As the band finished their encore with the popular “Pachuca Sunrise,” the crowd roared with applause, thanking them for a great show and career.

Some of the more memorable moments might not have been seen or heard by all, as a wedding proposal happened near the front of the crowd. Snider offered his congratulations and said the band “was happy they could facilitate that.” Snider also accidentally thanked Philadelphia for being a great crowd, to which he was quickly corrected by his bandmates. He offered multiple apologies but the crowd did not care much or didn’t notice.

Opening the show was post-rock band Caspian, who enthralled the crowd with their 40-minute set. The Beverly, Mass., band played so intensely and were meaningfully dynamic, creating a wall of sound with 3 guitars, bass and drums. The band stuck to newer material in their 5-song set and was loved by the crowd. Caspian is unbelievably gifted as a collective. Its members have such great individual technical ability that comes together to create a musical force, making them one of the best post rock bands around.

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