The last time Tegan and Sara were in Reno in 2008, they performed at an intimate concert in the Grand Sierra Resort. It was their first time in Reno. Even though it took them four years to return, judging by the crowd’s reaction on Saturday at the Knitting Factory, it was an amazing reunion.
Folk-rock Canadian twin sisters, Tegan and Sara took the stage at 10:03 p.m., right after Los Angeles-based band, Family of the Year performed.
Tegan and Sara sang my personal favorites and their biggest hits such as “The Con”, “Walking With a Ghost” and “Nineteen." They also took the night to introduce a couple of their newest songs, such as “Closer” from their upcoming album Heartthrob, which will be released on Jan. 29.
Tegan and Sara attracted a diverse crowd of people to the concert on Friday night, including dads escorting daughters as well as a strong showing from Reno’s LGBT community. As they waited for the doors to open while braving the wet weather, a line of fans extended out to Second Street. Most were huddled together to keep warm.
The large crowd of teenagers in attendance surprised me. I thought that Tegan and Sara were more popular among people who are college-aged or older (especially because their band was formed in 1995). Regardless, young girls were singing lyrics to some of their older songs.
After finishing “Walking with a Ghost,” Sara apologized for screwing up the ending of the song. She was taken by surprise when she noticed two young girls belting out the lyrics to a song that was released in 2005 – when they were still in diapers.
“You guys are so cute. You two were literally born the year I wrote this song,” said Sara. “Wait, are you legally allowed to be here? Well, it’s Reno…you’re 8. Let’s party.”
They did just that.
Glow sticks filled the venue. Tegan and Sara wore their traditional black ensemble. John Spence, their keyboardist, rocked a hot-pink keyboard. Their music shifted from folk-rock to dance-pop to acoustic, showing how they have evolved as a band over the years.
Tegan and Sara are clearly talented. They both play the guitar and keyboard and they write their own songs. They also have a knack for communicating with their audiences. Young and old, man or woman, they entertained everyone for 90 minutes.
They were gracious, too.
“We hope you had a great time,” said Tegan. “We have had a wonderful time. Thank you so much. Such an awesome show.”
Maybe they’ll stop by the Biggest Little City in another four years.
I’m Not Your Hero
Back in Your Head
Walking with a Ghost
Where Does the Good Go
I Was a Fool
Call It Off
Dark Come Soon
Feel It in My Bones