Breaking News – Foster The People Stand Up For The Kids In Venice

While we’re working late at night on the Concert Blast, I just needed to share with the supergood community how exciting it was to see Foster The People this weekend at the Stand Up Charity Benefit.

Mark and the band were on fire. Mark kicked it off with some solo piano and guitar playing, where he charmed the crowd as he always does.

After several songs, Mark was joined by the rest of the band, including Reazon on his MPC 2000 XL.

As the band opened into a fuller sound, the room quickly became much more full. The bartenders were dancing, the temperature was rising., famous people were in the house (Desperate Housewives cast members as seen below, William H. Macy) and children were even gathering around for the performance.

In addition to covering material from Mark’s previous work with the Rondo Brothers, the band also did the debut performance of “Pumped Up Kicks” which is available for download at the bands site –

The band treated the crowd to an impromptu version of “Get Up, Stand Up” that featured some improvised vocals by Mark (singing) and freestyles (Reason) that drew tremendous applause.

At the end of the night, you could feel a buzz in the crowd as if something special had happened. This band is poised to do big things in 2010. “Pumped Up Kicks” will be featured in NYLON’s online coverage of Fashion Week and the band is currently working on confirming a date or two at SXSW – so interested parties should definitely holler at them! Don’t miss out on the next special performance from Foster The People (and the second chance to hear the sure-fire hit “Pumped Up Kicks” live) at The Viper Room on February 24th. It will also be Mark’s birthday celebration – so I might expect something wild :)

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