Thursday, October 18, 2007
remember to breathe.
so. this is the concert i almost didn't go to. but omgosh - i'm freaking glad i was able to go. tonight was awesome. the orpheum theatre was gorgeous, and i loved that it was really small intimate (it was a lot smaller than i'd been expecting. our row J seats were pretty good, and we were pretty much center). chris carraba rocks my world. the opening bands were ALL awesome (and there were 3)! it was just an all-around awesome lineup and a great night.
(my photos got progressively worse as the evening went on. PSA: digi zoom sucks. stick to optical if you can. booo.)
this guy used to play guitar for chris carraba a few years ago. he started his solo project. he was great. i bought his CD after his set. we were going to get it signed, but were confused about where they were setting that up, so we didn't. oops.
augustana was one of my big discoveries this summer, so i was thrilled when i heard they were going to open for dashboard! they were SO good - dan's vocals were just amazing. he was awesome on piano too. anyway, when i think of augustana, i think "mellow," but they managed to rock out as well. it was cool. i didn't dig his outfit, but their set was awesome.
i was a fan of andrew mcmahon's band, something corporate (which is on hiatus at the moment), so i was really curious to see what jack's mannequin was like. i can't believe i never checked them out before. they were awesome. really really awesome. he started off with some really pretty ballads, and built it up into some more up-tempo stuff. i seriously loved everything they played. he even threw in an old soco song, which made me happy.
the main attraction. i have to say that the atosphere at a dashboard concert is just amazing - everyone seems to know every word of every song, and everyone sings along. love that. there's so much energy in the crowd, and it's so incredible to be a part of that. chris carraba's vocals just shine live. he went back to his acoustic roots for this tour, which thrilled me because i LOVE dashboard acoustic. i was kinda bummed that he didn't play "the brilliant dance," which is one of my most favorite dashboard songs, but it was okay because he played the most amazing 10-minute version of "remember to breathe," which is another one of my absolute favorites. it. rocked. my. world. period.
have a good one :)