Hey World, sorry for skipping out on a post the past week, I blame it on taking a 5-day vacation, and just being summer lazy.
July's been great, the sun's finally out, and this past weekend, a bunch of friends and I went to the Wilco concert at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, about an hour and a half drive from Amherst. We took Route 2 most of the way there, and it was a gorgeous ride all the way there. The whole way was tree-lined and with the sunny day, it was perfect for some windows-down driving.
This was the first show I've gone to that was in a baseball stadium, the other outdoor concerts I've seen have been at Central Park or in a concert shell. The stage was right in center field, so the bleachers were a little far from the band, but we stood on the floor so it didn't matter. Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band opened for Wilco, and they put out a pretty good set, but I was there for Wilco.
I heard really good things about Wilco live, so I was really excited to finally see them. They opened with "Wilco (the song)" off their new album, and the rest of the set was very well done, really tight. The only bad thing about the show was that it was cut early due to rain, but that was still after a set over an hour long, so not too many complaints there. Once the downpour came, the band went offstage and the road crew covered all of their equipment with tarps, but with most of the crowd still waiting in the rain and cheering, they came out and played one last song. I found out that night that there's no better way to end an outdoor concert than with an encore in the rain, even if you can't feel your fingers during it because of the cold.
The concert was even better because we had "those people" in the crowd. Right next to us, we had that "Mom who loves the band so much she dances very inappropriately, as if she were at a rave and then (perhaps drunkenly?) falls on the group next to her" and a few people in front of us, we had "Guy who thinks he knows Jeff Tweedy personally so he takes it upon himself to constantly point at Jeff thus ruining all attempts for pictures of the stage by anyone behind him." I love those people. Please be those people when ever you go to any shows.
I had a really good time at the show, and it was one of the many shows you can see in this area. There are always bands coming through Northampton and Amherst throughout the year, not just for spring concerts (but you're also allowed to see any of the other school's spring concerts in the Five College Consortium for a very discounted rate, which is not bad at all). Up in Northampton is Pearl Street and the Iron Horse, two really good venues where a lot of acts will perform, everyone from The Mountain Goats to GZA from the Wu Tang Clan. I like the music scene here in the Valley, especially being a DJ at WAMH (listen to Common Cents next semester!). Also, there are a bunch of student bands in the area, including Amherst's own Tashtego. The past couple of springs, the school has had a battle of the bands, which has been a really fun time.
Keep the emails coming, and don't hate on the Hawaiian shirts, they make us wear them.
Until next week, Happy Birthday Cheech.