I needed a show. I didn’t care what show, just a show. Sure, I went to the Snoop Dogg show last Friday but, let’s be honest, I don’t remember anything from that due to the instant contact high I got just from walking into the venue. On top of that, I had to rush out of town the next morning to get to Iowa for holiday celebrations with my family. I feel like I have done nothing for the past two weeks. I get up, go to work, come home, work, and then sleep. My cats were clearly getting annoyed with me always being home and I don’t think I’ve ever been so caught up on sleep and TV shows. I had to get out. I had to get to a show. I needed a boost. So I got in my car and headed to First Avenue. Hot damn it felt good to be back there.
I’m always praising the local metal scene here in the Twin Cities. I truly believe it’s the best in the country. The same can be said with the local rap/ hip-hop scene. I mean, come on, the Twin Cities is the home to Rhymesayers and Doomtree. Sadly, I often forget that there are other local scenes out there since I have become so enamored with the metal and rap/ hip-hop scenes but last night was a great reminder that the Twin Cities has so much more to offer.
The show started out with Two Harbors from Minneapolis. These guys are Minnesota’s own brand of Oasis. Their sound matches that of many of the acts that brought the brit/ indie-pop sound to the radio waves throughout the 90’s. The second they started playing, I was instantly transported back to the “Holiday Pool days”. Every summer growing up, my mom would take my brother and I to a local swimming pool called “Holiday Pool”. I remember sitting there for hours on end just soaking up the sun (well, as much sun as a ginger can) and listening to the music. It was the late 90’s and the music was great. The radio would blare Third Eye Blind, Goo Goo, Dolls, Oasis and so many more bands. Hearing Two Harbors last night had me transported back to those days and I must say, I loved every single moment of it.
Singer Chris Pavlich had this very calm demeanor about him as they played through their nearly forty minute set. Chris never really addressed the crowd and left the talking to guitarist Kris Johnson but very few words were said. That didn’t seem to phase the sold out crowd. It was obvious that people were enjoying their set as they clapped and whistled between songs. For me, the music was more of a nostalgic thing than anything else. Do I see myself listening to Two Harbors on a daily basis? No. Did I end up really enjoying their set? You betcha’!
The Jayhawks are kind of the same way for me. I had really never listened to them before the show last night. I didn’t quite know what I was getting myself into but I knew it was going to be something a bit different than what I’m used to. I was right. The music of the Jayhawks is a bit more indie-country than I typically listen to. I would be lying if I didn’t say that I wasn’t completely sold on this band but, because of the crowd, I fell in love with the band.
Usually when I go to shows like this, where I really have no attachment to the band, and end up losing a bit of my interest, I start to listen to what’s going on around me. There are typically conversations, drunken fights, and, of course, the awkward first date. There was none of that last night. For a sold out show, the crowd was suspiciously silent. There was no chatter going on around me and, from what I could tell when I started wandering around, there was really no chatter anywhere. People had their eyes on that stage and the only noises I was hearing from the crowd were either people singing along or people clapping and cheering.
There’s no denying just how big The Jayhawks are. They are definitely legendary to say the least. Being able to see them play on their home turf and watching the way the devoted crowd reacted to seeing them live was more than enough for me to say that last night was a great show. Maybe their music really didn’t do much for me but being in a crowd like last night’s had me falling head over heels for The Jayhawks
The Twin Cities is the best place for music regardless of what genre. It’s hard to keep up with it. A huge thank you to Two Harbors and The Jayhawks for reminding me that there’s so much more amazing local music here in the Twin Cities beyond the metal and rap/ hip-hop scenes.
I walked into last night just needing a show… any show. I’m glad I found myself at this one.
Venue: First Avenue
Sausage Fest Meter- 6 out of 10
Average Age of the Crowd- 35
Crowd Surfers- 0
Broken Bones- 0
Drunkards Taken Out By Security- 0
Celebrity Sightings- None
Overall Score-6 out of 10
Show on Deck- Sims