The Twin Cities has been plagued with protests and violence since the killing of Philando Castile. There have been protests, arrests, harsh words, and violence in the streets of these beautiful cities and it’s heartbreaking. I’ve been trying to distance myself from all of it but it gets harder and harder each day due to the media and friends who try to get you involved (not saying that it’s bad to get involved).

The best thing about the music scene here in the Twin Cities? No matter what’s going on around us, there is always a place where you can escape to. You will be surrounded by friends and strangers. There will be no violence, no drama, just music and the feeling you get from being at a live show. Yesterday was no different.

Doomtree played a free show yesterday at Sociable Cider Works in Saint Paul. It was a day full of friends, music, cider and the god-forsaken sun. It was a perfect getaway from the craziness of the world we live in.

The show started out a bit slow. ZuluZuluu was the sole opener and, although they were super good and chill, it just wasn’t something that could keep my interest in such a high energy setting. It was great background music but didn’t give me much relief from the feeling of the sweat rolling down my back. I found myself wandering around the parking lot with my friends, checking out what the food trucks had to offer, checking out the merchandise stands, and drinking a few too many ciders.

After an hour long set, it was time for Doomtree to set up. I glanced around the parking and realized just how many people had come out to the event. There were all kinds of people there. Like many of the free festivals that happen here in the cities, they was a good mix of people who were there for the music and people who probably just lived in the area and wanted to see what was going on.

Regardless of why people were there, I didn’t see a single person without a smile on their face and without their booty shaking during Doomtree’s set. It didn’t matter if you knew any of the words. It didn’t matter if you knew how to dance. It didn’t matter what you looked like. All that mattered is that you were in a safe environment where you could truly be yourself. In a world of such ugliness and down right sadness, it was one of the most beautiful sights you could see.

Sure, Doomtree took 30 seconds of silence to honor the fallen and the recent events. The crowd respected those 30 seconds and took the time to do what they felt needed to be done whether it was pray, take a sip of beer, stare at the ground in order in keep your balance… whatever. It was respectful and it was a much needed 30 seconds of silence. No matter how much you try to distance yourself from what’s going on, this is our world and it is happening whether you like it or not. The members of Doomtree didn’t force an opinion on the crowd, hell they didn’t even bring up on specific event. It was the most beautiful 30 seconds of the night.

The show ended with one last hoorah as Doomtree sang their hit song “Bangarang”. I had noticed Har Mar Superstar walking around the crowd earlier in the night so it was no surprise to see him on stage with Doomtree as they all danced like fools. It was a perfect ending to a perfect afternoon.

This world is a super ugly place right now. It’s hard to find any beauty when surrounded by all of the violence in the world today. If you’re feeling like you just can’t find peace, go to a show. You’ll feel the safety and comfort that you need and you will see how, even during such an ugly time, there’s always beauty somewhere… you just have to find it.

Now excuse me while I nurse my first real sunburn of the season.

Line Up:

Zulu Zuluu

Doomtree

Venue: Sociable Cider Works

Sausage Fest Meter- 5 out of 10

Average Age of the Crowd- 25

Crowd Surfers- None

Stage Divers- None

Danceability- High

Broken Bones- None

My Drink of Choice- FreeWheeler Cider (By Sociable)

Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None

Overall Score- 8 out of 10

Show on Deck- The Plot in You/ Erra/ Sylar/ and many more

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