Last night almost didn’t happen. I don’t know what I was thinking. I blame it on my trip to California and an exhausting schedule so far this summer but the truth is, I just slept on tickets and for some unknown reason, thought I would just be able to snag one at the door. How stupid. When I saw that it sold out earlier this week, I panicked. I instantly started messaging friends who may be have had an extra ticket or knew of a way for me to get in. I got so desperate as to put a post up on the event page on Facebook pleading for someone’s extra ticket. Just when I thought all hope was lost, a friend and his wife messaged me saying they had one for me. What a relief and after a quick dinner with them and some of their family, it was off to Modist Brewing for the annual D4th of July.

Although this little festival hasn’t had a solid home since The Triple Rock closed a couple of years (RIP), I instantly realized that Modist Brewery was the perfect setting for this show. From the warehouse vibe to the makeshift stage with some graffiti as a backdrop, everything screamed a DIY vibe which is exactly what you would want from a D4th of July.

Constant Insult kicked the night off with a quick set that definitely set the mood perfectly for the rest of the night. The four piece had an almost gritty-punk vibe to them but there was also something very polished about their sound. Energetic and clearly honored to be playing this special event, I loved everything about their set other than the fact that it was so quick. I know very little about this group but I’m pretty positive that during one of their thank you’s to everyone who made this event happen, the band explained that this was their first show in awhile. I hope that means that they are going to start playing out more now because I would love to catch them again.

Following Constant Insult was Green/Blue. The shirts they had said it all. They just have Green/Blue written over and over again but in electric yellow and red colors. Their surf-rock drenched set matched that playfulness and although I had never heard of these guys before, I instantly recognized their members from other local groups that I just can’t get enough of. Although I got a very surf-rock vibe from them, I also got a very garage-punk sound. I loved that just like I could recognize the members from other acts around town, I could hear that each of them brought something different to the table sound wise creating a very unique group.

I honestly don’t even know what happened next but I do know there was money ($20 bills) and CBD cigarettes (that didn’t actually have CBD in them?) being thrown at the crowd. I mean, obviously if you’re throwing out free money you’re going to get the attention of the sold out crowd but there was so much more to I.V.’s set. The vocalist was nothing short of a showman. A bit snarky, full of energy, and clearly just an all around good guy, he captivated the audience with a sense of ease. Maybe it was the $20 he was offering (he had made it on a show the previous night but explained that he didn’t need the money so he wanted to give it to people who actually did– like I said, good guy), but I think it was something more. He just seemed to be having a genuinely good time on stage and you could feel that. The music was fast and chaotic much like his movements on stage but still kept with a very fun-loving mood that reigned supreme throughout the night. I know last night was about the almighty Dillinger Four but I think I.V. stole the night with ease and I will definitely be keeping an eye on their calendar for future shows.

Supportive Parents was up next and the sold band (other than the headliner) that I had seen before. They gave me exactly what I expected– raw energy. These guys never fail to impress when it comes to the energy they bring to the table and their music. They have a way of getting a crowd moving and it was during their set where all of the pent up anticipation for the event seemed to start bubbling over with the crowd finally starting to move. Their unique brand of pop-punk meets a little bit of a hardcore edge and a whole lot of gang vocals was the perfect lead into the final set of the night.

What needs to be said about Dillinger Four that I haven’t said before. I remember listening to them growing up and then being amazed the first time I walked into The Triple Rock after moving to the Twin Cities for college and knowing that this was their venue. Although I see them every year at this festival, it’s like I just can’t get enough and I’m not alone in that thought. They are definitely a pride of Minneapolis’ and one of those bands that isn’t afraid to call this place home. There’s something special about seeing such a reputable band in their hometown at a little show like this. It’s almost like a feeling of being one of the elite and, although it happens fairly often, seeing Dillinger Four in Minneapolis never loses it’s sparkle.

As soon as the band kicked into their set the crowd went wild and within the first couple of notes I was knocked in the head by a stage diver (although calling the pallets set up on kegs may not quite constitute a stage). Celebrating 21 years since the release of ‘Midwestern Songs of the Americas’, the band powered through every single song on the album whether they knew it or not. In true D4 fashion, the set was full of missed notes, forgotten lyrics, finger pointing, and the almost constant laughing that could be seen both on stage and off. One of the main things that drew me to this band was that they never take themselves too seriously and that is seen loud and clear at their local shows.

D4’s set ended with “Gainesville” which is arguably my favorite D4 song. The final words of this song seem to be everyone’s favorite and as soon as the final couple of seconds of the song came up, the vocals stopped and the crowd took over. “Time was wasted/ We’re moving way to slow/ Let’s go before we’re old/ Time doesn’t wait for me!” Dramatic, I know but it was just one of those moments where no words will do the feeling justice. I can’t describe the feeling I had while screaming those words or the faces on the band members as they just stood there and took it all in. It’s a moment that happens every time they play in Minneapolis but also a moment that never gets old and the perfect ending to a perfect night.

Last night almost didn’t happen. From me sleeping on tickets to the last minute nature of the show, I tried to convince myself that it was okay if I missed it. Honestly, it wasn’t okay if I had to miss it. I can’t thank my friends enough for hooking me up with a ticket and can’t thank Dillinger Four enough for keeping the D4th of July tradition alive.

Line Up:

Constant Insult

Green/Blue

I.V.

Supportive Parents

Dillinger Four

Venue: Modist Brewing Company

Sausage Fest Meter- 7 out of 10

Average Age of the Crowd- 32

Crowd Surfers- 19 Counted But I Probably Missed Some

Mosh-Ability- 8.3 out of 10

Stage Divers- 19 But, Again, I Probably Missed Some

Broken Bones- 0

Spotted Flying Through The Air- Bodies, Drinks, Cups

Fights- 0

Pukers- 0

Drunkards Taken Out By Security- 0

Celebrity Sightings- Ryan of Off With Their Heads, Joe of Cantharone, Seth of Arms Aloft

Overall Score- 10 out of 10

Show on Deck- TBD

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