It's never a good sign when show organizers keep stressing a group is their second choice for a performance. White Bird founders Paul King and Walter Jaffe were gracious in their introduction Thursday night, but you could tell they were disappointed that their planned performers, the dancers of Abou Lagraa, ran into visa issues coming from Algeria.
Illstyle is generally known for its positivity, avoiding themes that promote violence, sex and drugs. But at times, particularly with the flickering words of inspiration projected onto the backdrop, the show feels a bit like an after-school special. Obvious religious references take the preachiness over the top.