Music in the Air

September 12, 2008 at 1:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

A dull and moist grey sky hangs over Los Angeles today.  It very nearly feels autumnal (though that could also be the head-cold talking,) and I thought I would take a moment to recap the “Verive Summer Concert Series” for 2008.

It began in May with a surprise Raconteurs show at the Henry Fond Music Box; a venue far too small to contain the awe-inspiring power of Jack White.  Jules and I fought our way to about a dozen “rows” from the stage and fought the heat and doucheary to be completely overwhelmed by the music.  An amazing show that converted Julie to a full-fledged disciple of Mr White’s awesomeness.

A couple of weeks later we saw the cartoon-band Dethklok from the Adult Swim show “Metalacolypse” play the Wiltern.  Brandon Small, lead vocals, guitar, and songwriter fronted the band and was backed up by some veterans of the heavy metal scene while projected ‘toons of the real/fake band were shown, including some amusing between-song vignettes.  We also caught most of the opening act, Chimera’s set.  A really fun show that fell somewhat out of our concert comfort zone.  The crowd was filled with more metal-heads that I had expected, having anticipated that the scene would be more hipster-geek chic.

We had a month or so off before catching The Hold Steady play the Avalon just before my birthday.  They put on an amazing and energetic show that really showcased their ability to captivate a crowd.  Jules really enjoyed the show and now counts herself as apart of the “Unified Scene.”  We both had so much fun that we bought tickets to see them play the Wiltern in November!  If you’re  in LA and dig rock and roll I recommend you get tickets!

A few weeks later Jules was able to score some tickets to see the Young Dubliners open for Jethro Tull at the Greek Theater.  We had quite an adventure that night involving the hospitality suite, sitting in different rows of Section A (the first time we’d ever had tix in sec A at the greek!) and a crazy cab ride home with a ex-hippie from Burbank.  Wild.  Jethro Tull still brought the rock though!

Lastly we had the long-anticipated Radiohead show at the Hollywood Bowl.  Jules’ gift to me for my 30th birthday!  This was my 3rd time seeing them play and was quite a different show that the previous two.  We also we not used to seeing bands play to nearly 20,000 people.  Thom and crew had no problems though and kept the usually lackadaisical LA crowed into the music for the 2+ hour set.  The show had one of the best light-shows that I’ve ever seen as well.  A memorable night!

In a couple weeks we’ll close out the season the way we started it when we see the Raconteurs play the Greek theater.  We actually have ticket to BOTH nights of shows and will mark the first time I’ve ever seen an act play two consecutive nights!

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  1. Definitely one of the most successful concert series’ we’ve had. Can’t wait for the Raconteurs next week!!!


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