We arrived a little later than we expected to, and after waiting in line for nearly 20 minutes, gained access to already packed house. We stopped in at our usual place for a couple of drinks before entering the throng of people that continued to stream in. I have no idea where all these people ended up finding a place to roost. It was almost impossible for us to locate a position any better than where we ended up at, under the stairs outside of McFadden’s.
It was a good spot though, with a relatively clear view of the stage. Soak was just finishing the last few songs of their set, and the few tracks we heard were really good. They sounded a bit like Mazzy Star meets Smashing Pumpkins and we will have to see what more we can find of them floating around the internets.
Meanwhile, people continued to file in. The place was wall to wall with people everywhere. I was surprised they were not dangling from the rooftops, as every square inch of the place was covered, and every balcony and stairway so full as to nearly prohibit any sort of movement; as well, any decent photos, but there are few video clips.
The Lumineers took the stage and powered through several tracks we immediately recognized, discovering that in spite of never hearing the name, we had been privileged enough to hear quite a few tracks over on semi-local radio station The Bridge (90.9 FM).
Near the end, an idiot tried to spoil it all, but a few of us stepped up to defray the situation. With my wingspan stretched between the two, telling them both to just chill, another held back the more sensible of the two, while the Angry Drunk that started the messed was encouraged to depart. I suppose there will always be that one drunk that stumbles into people, but does it nearly always have to be in the form of an angry drunk? It would be so much more fun if folks left their angry drunk friends at home when go out.
We lingered for a few more songs after that, but departed early. It was hot, the view of the stage wasn’t that great, and the earlier incident convinced us that the environment was entirely too ripe for others interested in following suit.