Capital Cities Rocked the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

Indie electro group Capital Cities and special guest Joywave serenaded fans under the stars at new open-air concert and events venue Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLV), located across from the D Las Vegas.

Capital Cities frontmen Sebu Simonian and Ryan Merchant rock out at DLV
Capital Cities frontmen Sebu Simonian and Ryan Merchant rock out at DLV

DLV’s first headlining concert proved a huge success, with thousands of fans turning out to see performances by the indie superstars.

Capital Cities band members, including Sebu Simonian and Ryan Merchant pose with DLV owner Derek Stevens and Nicole Parthum before taking the stage
Capital Cities band members, including Sebu Simonian and Ryan Merchant pose with DLV owner Derek Stevens and Nicole Parthum before taking the stage

After Joywave opened the stage with an energetic set, highlighted by hit single “Tongues” featuring KOPPS, Derek Stevens, owner CEO of the D Las Vegas and new DLV, took the mic to welcome the cheering crowd to his new events center and introduce headlining band Capital Cities. Making a stop at DLV as part of their Fall 2014 World Tour, the six-member ensemble has made a name for itself with catchy, synthpop hit singles and a signature interactive live performance style that ignites audiences in dance. DLV roared with applause as frontmen Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian, along with band members Manny Quintero, Spencer Ludwig, Nick Merwin and Channing Holmes, took the stage and opened their set with hit “Kangaroo Court.”

Capital Cities frontman Ryan Merchant performs at DLV
Capital Cities frontman Ryan Merchant performs at DLV

Engaging fans from the show’s start to its finish, Capital Cities had the audience singing along to songs including “I Sold My Bed, But Not My Stereo” and smash hit “Safe and Sound,” and even taught the crowd their signature dance, The Capital Cities Shuffle. The band surprised the audience throughout, peppering covers of famous singles such as Weezer’s “Sweater Weather,” Bee Gee’s “Stayin’ Alive” and Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares To You” into their set list of original tracks. Later in the night, Merchant and Simonian asked the crowd to wish bassist Manuel Quintero a Happy Birthday, inviting them to join in song as they serenaded their band mate.

Capital Cities wows the crowd at DLV
Capital Cities wows the crowd at DLV

The band entertained the crowd long into the night as fans danced in the rain, sang along to their favorite tunes and enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere of Downtown Las Vegas.

Photo credit: Tom Donoghue

Capital Cities

Capital Cities is an American indie pop duo from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2008 by Ryan Merchant (vocals, keyboards) and Sebu Simonian (vocals, keyboards). Their debut EP was released on June 7, 2011, with lead single “Safe and Sound” which became their first top ten single. The band currently consists of Ryan Merchant, Sebu Simonian, Manny Quintero on bass guitar, Spencer Ludwig on trumpet, Nick Merwin on guitar and Channing Holmes on drums. – Wikipedia

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