“💯 Words”  is a column dedicated to the concise concert review, sometimes all it takes is 💯 Words.

On Kentucky Derby Eve the Boone, NC. quintet Rainbow Kitten Surprise played to an enthusiastic crowd at Louisville’s Iroquois Amphitheater. The band kicked the set off with an almost EDM version of “When it Lands” as frontman Sam Melo freefell about the stage. The first half of the concert showcased the best of their latest release, 2018’s How to: Friend, Love, Freefall with songs like “Fever Pitch” and the solemn “Painkillers” focusing heavily on Melo’s vocals.

RKS soon got into the classic cuts with a set highlight of “American Shoes > Cocaine Jesus > First Class”; but then again it was hard to not find anyone in the crowd rapping every word for “Devil Like Me”.

Thanks to these high-energy performances the band has become somewhat of a household name amongst the festival and indie rock communities. Their thoughtful lyrics discuss the heavy issues of life, death, sexuality, and addiction. The band is  set to perform a number of dates this summer, stopping at Red Rocks Amphitheater in June, along with a tour of the east coast in the fall. If you’ve yet to catch RKS, don’t worry; they’re getting better with age.

All photos credits: Taylor Ralph