I’m not sure how late I was to the show as I honestly didn’t even know it was happening but due to a slow down at work, I was able to catch a rare afternoon appearance from the one and onl RDGLDGRN. I caught these guys a couple of years ago and instantly fell in love with them. When I saw they were performing today over lunch I knew that watching them perform was just wanted I needed to get through another high anxiety day that is sure to lead to another sleepless night.
The familiar faces were already mid-song when I finally caught wind of their show but it felt like I hadn’t missed a single beat. The Virginia based quartet was putting down their signature chill vibes that blend reggae, rock, funk, and jamband sounds in the most beautiful and seamless way. Although it has been awhile since I really dug into their discography, the unfamiliar songs I was hearing and nodding my head along to were somehow familiar but I attribute that to the genuine and creative genius of this group.
Pierre Desrosiers (aka Green) had the most infectious smile on his face as he danced his way through song after song with a seemingly carefree nature. Although I was captivated by Pierre’s dancing majority of the show, catching glimpses of Marcus Parham’s (aka Red) smile was just the icing on the cake. I couldn’t help but smile back with the cheesiest smile I think I’ve worn on my face lately. Even during the breaks between their songs, the group refused to let their smiles fade. Between sips of water and addressing the audience you still got this feeling that they were performing just for you and that was a magical feeling especially in such a dark time in all of our lives.
The amount of thanks that Pierre rattled off between songs was unbelievable. From the venue to friends who had requested their favorite songs to local non-profits who they were raising money for through this concert, the list was endless but it was clear they weren’t going to end the show before thanking each and every person and entity on that list. Even though the only part I took in watching this show was just that, watching, I want to pass my eternal thanks to that expansive list as well.
The chatter throughout the audience was full of words of praise and accolations and multiple “This is the happiest I’ve been all week”. Although the chatter seemed to be neverending, it was never enough to distract from the genius that was taking place on stage. Marcus caught onto the conversations between songs and at first the other members seemed a bit worried as to what Marcus may have caught onto but, after it was explained that all of the conversations were positive and people were having fun, Pierre had the group jump right back into their set.
I would be lying if I said I didn’t catch myself moving a little bit more to “Doing the Most”. This has to be one of my favorite RDGLDGRN songs strictly due to the lyrics and, with everything going on right now, they are lyrics that truly hit right to my core. “You should do less, cause you’re doing the most.” Let me repeat that, “You should do less, cause you’re doing the most.” If those aren’t words to live by right now, I don’t know what are. Everyone is stressed, everyone is worried, everything is falling apart and maybe a reminder to just slow and and calm down is just what we all need to get through this massive mess.
The show was not without it’s technical difficulties. At one point Marcus’ guitar needed some fixing but instead of letting the show come to a halt, the three remaining members took the the audience and started asking all sorts of questions. From favorite snacks to reminding the audience to wash their hands and keep their distance, the time spent killing time actually ended up being some of my favorite moments from this show just because I was able to see the band members’ personalities really come through and, as suspected, they were all adorable and perfect.
Sadly, all good things must come to an end and as much as I wanted to continue watching the show, I had to bail early and get back to work. The couple of songs I was able to catch at this show was more than enough to keep me going through the day though and I’m eternally grateful to everyone involved in pulling this afternoon show off.
Please support the cause if you can here: Capital Area Food Bank
Venue- 38 North Studio
Dance-ability- 9 out of 10
Stage Divers- None
Broken Bones- None
Spotted Flying Through The Air- Nothing
Fights- None Witnessed
Pukers- None Witnessed
Passed Out People- None Witnessed
Idiots Taken Out By Security- None Witnessed
How Many Times I’ve Seen These Bands Before (or at least how many times I can remember)-
Celebrity Sightings- None
Overall Score- 9.2 out of 10
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