Ybor City’s Orpheum Theater was abuzz last Saturday night for Anthony Green‘s concert supporting his 4th solo album Pixie Queen. This was my first time seeing Anthony, veteran of the rock landscape since 2005 fronting the bands Circa Survive and Saosin, as well as The Sound of Animals Fighting. So I was eager to see this impassioned singer in a stripped-down manner.
Supporting the tour was Secret Space and Mat Karekes. This support was the perfect accomplice to a wicked onslaught brought on by Anthony’s dynamism. At the end of Mat Karekes’ set, fans were yearning for the start of Green’s performance. To the surprise of the crowd, Anthony came out to sing at the end of one of Mat’s songs. Afterwards, he slowly walked away and sat on the steps near the stage to listen to the end of the song. This only amped up the fans as they are sitting and watching the headliner bait and tease them at will.
When it was finally time for Anthony to step on stage for his set, the Pixie Queen marquee lit up and the raucous crowd let out a deafening roar. The crowd knew every word to his songs which included “Moon Song”, “Babygirl”, “Young Legs”, and “From What I Understand”. He was engaging and interactive, talking, and even at one point singing a quirky little song about a member of the audience. There is a ferocity to his playing style and Anthony displays an intense energy. His songs are relatable, full of emotion and angst, and were portrayed beautifully under the stage lights. The hard work put into his craft was evident during this live performance, no musical stone left unturned.