PAM WHISENHUNT | Go Venue Magazine
The Struts with direct support from Mac Saturn kicked off a fun filled night at the Admiral Theatre, Omaha Nebraska November 8th, 2023.
Mac Saturn hailing from Detroit is still a fairly new band. They formed in Michigan around 2020, released their first 5 song EP in 2022 and two more singles in 2023. It’s not often a band plays their whole catalog in one show…but they did. The first time I’d seen Mac Saturn was opening for Dirty Honey in September 2022. At that show Carson Macc (lead vocals) came out lookin’ fly in red leather pants, red scarf, white jacket and shades, so I had a preconceived notion of what I would see. Macc took the stage in jeans, dark suit coat and a sporty tank top with the number 33 on it. Needless to say, I was a little bummed. Other than slight disappointment of apparel, Mac Saturn put on a stellar show. There were more than enough people in the crowd that didn’t care what they were wearing. Mac Saturn drew in a plethora of screaming girls, thrilled to be front row, taking in all the Mac Saturn vibes. I admit, although not screaming in the front row, I also loved their groovy rock, rhythm & blues set. They have some classics in the making. Mac Saturn is a must-see up-and-coming band.
The Struts took the stage kicking off with a couple oldie but goodies “Dirty Sexy Money” and “Body Talks”. Luke Spiller, impeccably dressed as always was sporting a satin purple button-down shirt tied at the bottom, black leather pants with black and purple fringe, white leather boots and was perfectly adorned with rings, bracelets and necklaces.
The Struts do a good job mixing up their playlists. From what I can tell, they don’t play the same show twice. This show had a majority of older (2016-2018) songs which seemed to be the popular ones, but even songs from their newest album, Pretty Vicious, felt like classics. The crowed already knew the words to “Rockstar” and Spiller had them wailing the chorus.
Midway through the set, the lights went down, cell phone lights came out and Spiller sat behind the piano to play “One Night Only” and “Mary Go Round”. The lull didn’t last long. Spiller got up from behind the piano and called out to everyone that’s a “Primadonna Like Me” to start the next song.
Before the end of the show, Spiller thanked the crowd for giving them the energy to go on (12 years now) and introduced his bandmates Jed Elliott (Bass), Adam Slack (Guitar) and Gethin Davies (Drums). Spiller orchestrated a final singing competition between the two sides of the room to keep everyone engaged till the end, and finished the set with “Could Have Been Me”.
Start to finish, The Struts have a way of generating energy and making sure everyone is having a good time. Everything from starting the show, asking the crowd “Are you ready for a good time?” to prompting the crowd to jump and dance because “…you deserve it!” at the very end. Do what you can to catch a show, it’s a guaranteed good time.