Last night my good friend V dragged me out to see Fitz and the Tantrums at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop. This is highly out of character for me, as I am so unhip as to be, well, not tragic, but laughable. Still, sometimes you have to get outside of your comfort zone.
It was a great show. Fitz et al were fantastic. The energy coming off the stage and from the audience was amazing, and no, that wasn’t just the bass from the speakers that had taken over my heart and was trying to blow it out of my chest. The five or six acts preceding were an interesting progression of talented but eh, talented, hey that was a gem, and hey! oh my God! What is this band called The Dears! And then Fitz and the Tantrums and it was all very good.
I am going to hear another group, Baskery, on Sunday, and that will be it for my SXSW. I always say I’m going to go, and each year I come up with some excuse (too expensive, I don’t like crowds, etc.) But as my friend V pointed out, there is so much free music going on, you don’t have to buy a wristband.
Make no mistake, though–I will never be hip, not in my wildest dreams.