Because my ginger is a complete record nerd, he spends most of his time and pocket change at local record stores, and thus knows when cool things are going on around town. [Tangent: He has tried his best to shapeshift me into a record enthusiast, but those things take time. I mean I love my little record collection he has helped me build, but laziness and impatience usually wins out and I'll generally just download an album I am excited about. It's hard to teach an new dog old tricks, I guess.] Because he seems to keep himself in the loop, we have been able to go to some really cool free shows like seeing Andrew Bird in the spring and going to see both The Head and The Heart and Dr. Dog in just the span of two weeks.I had seen both of these acts live before and they are ones that sound even better live that on an album so going to see them when they are in town is not a question of if...it's a question of how fast can my robot car can get there. And seeing them in an intimate setting is 10000x more appealing then on a huge stage.
The only downside is that I am generally one of the oldest people there, and now one wants to be that sad lady with the gray hairs poking [Tangent: ...and I know they are there because my hair stylist mentioned them to me today. Thanks!] and giggling to yourself listening to 17 year olds nearby philosophize about religion and life. Silly children. Wait, when did I become that person? At Head and The Heart, I immediately clung to the guy in front of us that was prematurely gray...so I know we should form an alliance of adults.
|this is me looking terrified of the hoards of youngins behind me.|
|sorry for the terrible off perspective. I had to picstitch two images together, because I was too close to the band. #firstworldproblems, I know I know.|
|Ok. So truthfully, they were parked illegally in a handicapped spot, but I couldn't fault them because this moment was totally worth the parking violation.|
The audience was into it, naturally, given they were invested fans who likely bought the album the day it hit the shelves. Also, the crowd had some folks over 30 in it, including me Jamie and my friend Brandon who drove up from Huntsville....and for some reason A LOT OF GINGERS! Clearly, I was in the right place. I will leave you with some of their Tiny Desk Concert they did for NPR, to give you an idea of what it was like. Have fun having your face melted off by amazing music!