The guy next to me was bragging to his friends about how many shows he’s been to in the past year. He was able to recall all twenty of them. Oh man, if only he knew.

The show last night started off slow. Not only was I annoyed with the crowd that seemed to be there more to be seen than to enjoy a night of music, the first band didn’t have enough energy to catch me. Maybe I’m a big biased because the past two shows I’ve had have been nothing short of absolutely amazing and short of energy, but I found Panama Wedding to be a bit boring.

Their music wasn’t half bad and is great background music for when I work or something but there’s just no chutzpah to it. After reading up on the band a bit it seems like they had an awesome tour last year where majority of the shows sold out. Last night, I was not the only one having a hard time paying attention to them. What happened? Like I said, the problem wasn’t their music. The music was actually quite beautiful but there was nothing to it. How sad. I truly hope maybe it was just an off night for these guys and I would definitely give them another chance if they came back around.

The Griswolds were the second band to play last night and honestly the only band I knew anything about. I had seen these guys a couple months ago when they opened for New Politics and have been in love with them ever since.

This Australian band blended into the line-up with their electro-pop sound but the rawness of it made them stand out. These guys are a radio worthy band that can still sound down and dirty live and I think that’s why I love them so much. Whereas Panama Wedding tried to sound perfect, these guys didn’t try to sound perfect. They didn’t hide wrong notes and the singer didn’t try to shy away from the high notes that he just couldn’t hit last night. I love when a band does that. I would rather them sound real than be fake and that’s exactly how The Griswolds performed last night… it was real.

The music of The Griswolds was about the only real thing I noticed about the show last night. I found myself watching the crowd more than the bands last night because I was fascinated. I am so used to metal shows where people are there to listen to the music and enjoy being at a show. Last night felt more like a fashion show than a concert and it killed me on the inside.

People seemed more concerned about the drink in their hand than the music that was being performed. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for drinking at concerts. Most of the smaller shows pay the performers based off of bar sales so the bands don’t make anything unless you drink your paycheck away. I love seeing people grabbing drinks between acts and spilling half of said drinks in the pit during the set. Last night was completely different. I can’t tell you how many times the same people would pass me during one of the bands’ sets just to go to the bar and grab a drink. I find this to be extremely rude. What’s even worse than leaving mid-set to grab a drink is that fact that everyone was so worried as to not spill their drink that nobody in the crowd was really moving around. What a shame.

I heard conversations about what shots the crowd wanted to do next better than I heard the actual singers of the bands last night. I get that concerts are loud, that’s the whole point. Save your damn conversations for in between the bands. There is absolutely nothing that is more important to discuss than what’s going on on that stage. Isn’t that what you paid to see anyway? Or did you just pay to talk over loud music with your friends and drink overpriced alcohol?

On top of all of this, I felt like people really just came to the show last night to be seen. Everyone had on their nicest flannel and nicest heels. I get it, the Varsity is right next to the University of Minnesota so the demographic just isn’t the same as the dingy metal shows I go to but it was still a concert, not a fashion show. Many of the girls in the crowd would give up in the middle of a set to go sit on the sidelines and give their feet a rest. What the hell is the point of that? You should be comfortable at a concert. You aren’t the one with all eyes on you, that’s the band’s’ job.

Magic Man was the headliner of the night and honestly, after a few songs, everything sounded the same and I was more than annoyed with the crowd so I left.

What a shame because last night could have been a pretty good show full of music I don’t normally listen to. The crowd ruined that. Damn them.

Line Up:

Panama Wedding

The Griswolds

Magic Man

Venue: Varsity Theater

Sausage Fest Meter- 1 out of 10

Average Age of the Crowd- 21

Crowd Surfers- None

Stage Divers- None

Danceability- Moderate– But nobody was dancing

Broken Bones- None

Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None

Celebrity Sightings- None

Overall Score- 4 out of 10

Show on Deck- Behemoth!

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