Aloha is on hell of a band and the photo I took of them does no justice. The show was at Toad’s Place on Saturday. Aloha opened along with some other band for Sparta, who also performed very well. I went with Kat, Tatsu, and Jesse. The picture doesn’t show it very well at all, but there are two keyboards and one vibraphone. I was really happy that Aloha brought their vibraphone because Kat had told me that in a previous concert it was not present, presumably because it’s difficult to transport. It sounds even better in concert than on CD. Their set included some songs that I didn’t recognize but they played most of my favorites including “All the Wars”, “You’ve Escaped”, “Summer Away”, “Boys in the Bathtub” and “Let Your Head Hang Low”. Their rapid instrument switches and the percussionists’ seemingly ambidextrous, multi-instrumenting skills were really appreciated by the crowd which consisted mostly of Sparta fans hearing Aloha for the first time. The encore began with looped keyboard effects and ended with an explosive drum break down. The $5.00 Bass I was sipping on couldn’t have tasted better. If Aloha performs this well as an opener, I can only hope to see them headline.