Switchfoot in St. Louis

21 02 2010

This past Monday we headed to St. Louis to watch Switchfoot in concert.  As I’ve mentioned before, we’ve been extremely excited about this for a while.  And in the end, it was even better than we expected!

The concert was at The Pageant, the same place we saw MuteMath.

During the beginning of the first song we wondered where Jon’s voice was coming from.  Then we looked behind us and lo and behold there he was!  He then came up to our long table and stood right (right) in front of us and sang (and held my hand).

And during the last song, Jon jumped up on our table to sing again!

They were magnificent!  True San Diego Rock!

And we had a great time!

We then stayed the night at the Moonrise Hotel which was right by the Pageant.

This awesome staircase changed colors!

Another view of the lobby.  They had a retro lunar theme.

So, we loved spending the day together, seeing Switchfoot do their amazing thing, and staying in a swanky hotel.  Hopefully we’ll get to do this again sometime!

Note:  These and a few more pictures can be found in a Flicker set found here.


Going to a Switchfoot Concert!

10 01 2010

Switchfoot has been one of my favorite bands for a long time now.  They call themselves “San Diego Rock” and are often categorized as alternative or even Christian rock.  Their sound is great, always.  Their lyrics tend to carry good meaning.  And if that wasn’t enough they are heavily involved in artistic and activist/charitable work.  Put that all together and you have one extremely awesome band, to say the least.  I’ve seen them twice in concert.  The first time was a long time ago when the band was still starting out and the second was a few years ago.  And let me just say, they put on a superb show.

Well, we got word a few days ago that Switchfoot is going to play in St. Louis in February.  Eric and I have waited somewhat impatiently for Switchfoot to come to good ol’ Missouri, so the moment the tickets went on sale for this concert we seized the opportunity bought two.

We are beyond excited to go see Switchfoot!  Pictures will definitely be taken and stories told.  Though, I don’t plan on living behind the camera this time around, I have to make sure to enjoy the music and the moment as well.

So, all of this to say, we’re counting down the days…

*Pictures found on Switchfoot’s Official Site.

The Superb Swell Season Concert

6 12 2009

The Swell Season concert we attended this past week was absolutely phenomenal.  Though our seats were not as close as we had imagined and our pictures of the performers were unrecognizably fuzzy we still had an outstanding time.

Glen and Marketa of The Swell Season are so authentic and obviously in love with performing music that it is truly inspirational.  My mouth fell open more than a few times as the intensity of the songs shocked me (in a very, very good way).

At the close of the concert there were two encores.  I think those were my favorite parts of the entire performance.  During the encores, they performed an entirely new song (never recorded) and Glen taught us the chorus and had us sing along.  It was evident that Glen loved audience participation because he had the audience sing along to many of the other songs as well.  The last two songs he kept on calling the audience the “Kansas City Choir” and encouraging everyone to make insane harmonies.

It really blew Eric and I away.  We expected a great concert.  What we didn’t expect was a moving and surprisingly spiritual and inspirational experience.  Listening to the entire audience sing with every ounce of energy they had to the close of the old Irish ballad “The Parting Glass” was enough to make me misty.

O, all the money e’er I had,
I spent it in good company.
And all the harm that ever I’ve done,
alas it was to none but me.
And all I’ve done for want of wit
to mem’ry now I can’t recall;
So fill to me the parting glass,
Good night and joy be with you all.

O, all the comrades e’er I had,
They’re sorry for my going away.
And all the sweethearts e’er I had,
They’d wished me one more day to stay.
But since it falls unto my lot,
That I should rise and you should not,
I gently rise and softly call,
Goodnight and joy be with you all.

If I had money enough to spend,
And leisure time to sit awhile.
There is a fair maid in this town,
That sorely has my heart beguiled.
Her rosy cheeks and ruby lips,
I own, she has my heart in thrall;
Then fill to me the parting glass,
Good night and joy be with you all.

~”The Parting Glass”

These and a couple other concert pictures can be found over at our Flicker account in this set.

Looking Forward to the Swell Season

9 11 2009

Tonight we secured tickets to go see the Swell Season (Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard’s band) in concert at the end of the month.  I love them in the movie Once (click here for the review I wrote back when I first discovered the film), and their soundtrack for that film is outstanding.  They came out with a new album recently, Strict Joy, and it is even better than I had hoped.

Swell Season

The Swell Season’s music always resonates with authenticity.  Marketa and Glen are musicians that present their art without pretense or glamor.  Each song seems to have a stripped down quality to it, which is really refreshing.

It will surely be a treat to see them perform!

MuteMath Concert

25 10 2009

The MuteMath concert we went to Friday was amazing.  We were expecting a good time, but we were blown away by some of the ways the band presented their songs.  Audience participation, lighting variations, crowd surfing, and acrobatics were just a few things worth mentioning.  Even the warm-up band, As Tall As Lions, was great.  We snagged their latest CD there and we are quite enjoying it.

So without further ado, here are some of the many pictures we took.  (A couple of videos may be forthcoming as well.)  This post is rather “picture heavy.”

We were sitting down as As Tall As Lions performed, so I’m afraid this is the best picture we captured.

For all of the MuteMath pictures, just click for a larger image.

That is Paul Meany (lead singer, keyboard, keytar) doing a somersault over his keyboard!

That bass drum would light up when it was hit.

That’s Darren King (drummer) playing his bass drum on top of the keyboard.

Here’s Darren crowd surfing on his drum!

So now we are both concert veterans!  Eric seems to have it in his blood now and is searching for new concerts to attend in the future.  Presently, though, we are getting pumped for the MAE concert we will be going to this Tuesday!

Note:  All pictures can be found in our new “Concert” set on Flickr, by clicking here.

Update:  We did not end up attending the MAE concert because we didn’t think it wise once we saw the (scary) area it was in.  We are still sad that we missed MAE, but we are looking forward to the next chance to see them!