Why Capital Cities @ Toad’s Place Last Night Might Have Been The Show of The Year

History was made last night at Toad’s Place in New Haven.

It was Bud Light’s 50 shows in 50 states on ONE night. Part of their “Music First” campaign that they have been pushing all summer. We here in Connecticut got lucky with one of the best shows out of the 50… Capital Cities.

I walked into Toad’s Place knowing only two songs. Kangaroo Court and their now mega hit, Safe and Sound.

By the end of their set I was ready to join the band. They were that great. From the moment the lights went down you could feel this was going to be an epic show. Whether you knew two songs, were a super fan and knew every word to their entire catalog, or had never heard a note of their music. There was just a buzz. You could feel it.

In what felt like a disco club in the 70s/80s meets the year 2025, out came a group of guys in matching “Capital Cities” branded black Members Only jackets and sunglasses. I mean, look cooler. I would have bought one off those jackets off their backs.

Capital Cities are made up of a guitarist, bassist, trumpet player, and two guys armed with MacBook Pros, synths, keyboards, and more energy than the Energizer Bunny on Redbull.

Their set consisted of a whole bunch of covers from the 70s and 80s. Including Pinky Floyd’s Breathe, The BeeGees Stayin’ Alive, Prince Nothing Compares 2 U, and Madonna Holiday. As well as the two songs I already knew which were a party. Even the songs I didn’t know felt like I had heard them 100 times before. Not to mention all their crazy choreographed dance moves.

They closed out the set in one of the coolest ways I’ve ever seen. By putting on an insane remix of Safe and Sound, via their laptop, at top volume and just turning the entire place into essentially a giant dance club rave. They all came down in the crowd to jump and lose their minds along with everyone. It was awesome.

I left Toad’s Place last night an even bigger fan of Capital Cities than I already was. These guys are the future.