OneRepublic and Maroon 5 perform at the Greek Theater

Anna Osipova

Following Los Angeles’ general laidback tradition, people trickled in slowly to the Greek Theater on Friday, Oct. 8. Ry Cuming, the opening act for the night, was on stage long before the audience filled even half the amphitheater, providing a soundtrack for several tailgaters in the parking lots.

OneRepublic took the stage precisely at the scheduled 7:50 p.m. with “Everybody Loves Me.” The crowd was a little slow to pick up the energy and a mash-up of “Stand by Me,” “Seven Nation Army” and “SexyBack” helped relax the audience.

The most memorable aspect of the band was the diversity. The songs themselves had a varied enough rhythm that several songs took the audience by surprise but the wide range of instruments was also impressive. Among a violin, xylophone and tambourine, Brent Kutzle picked up a cello for several songs, including “Secrets” and “Apologize.”

There was a distinct change in atmosphere when Maroon 5 took the stage. The crowd rose to their feet in anticipation and the smell of weed and beer drifted in as they opened with “Misery.” the energy level skyrocketed despite the analogous sound.

It was music that looked good on stage, quite literally. Adam Levine struck several poses on stage waiting for the crowd to get loud enough to start “Harder to Breathe” under the glitter of a disco ball.

Levine reminded the crowds that Maroon 5 is from Los Angeles- “Not Orange County, not San Diego, not San Francisco,”- with an affirmation to the ideal Southern California weather that night.

And perhaps the ultimate surprise of the night, the final encore ended at precisely at 10:30 p.m., a rarity in scene that always runs late.