Or – Drunk and Disorderly brought to you by St. Mary’s Basilica.
SO last night a coworker and I ventured out the the second night of the Annual Basilica Block Party to enjoy the musical stylings of Amos Lee and Ray Lamontagne. For folks not from the Twin Cities (or just clueless in general, but living in the Twin Cities) the Basilica Block party is a fairly large event put on by the Catholic church (is it called a diocese, or something??) who’s aim is to raise money for the church and in a roundabout way, gain exposure among a varied grup of folks who may not otherwise have anything to do with the church. End backstory. ANyways….there were more people last night than in any night previously ive gone to the event…there must have been upwards of 10000 people. it was just jame packed. all in the space of about 4 blocks. After wending our way back to the main stage (thank you Sun Country!) we positioned ourselves strategically about 20 feet from the stage more or less dead center. Now, it was about 500 degress hot yesterday and the humidity was oppressive, so the only sensible thing for the crowd of thousands to do, was to keep pressing in closer and closer to one another.
After 4 hours, literally, of being packed like sardines (thank you radiohead) i was sopping wet, and i have what appears to be friction burns on my arm from the crazy woman who spent that 4 hours grinding and gyrating *against* my arm. I dont care how cute (you think) you are, no one wants you essentailly molesting them at a concert. Seriously. If i knew your name lady, i would call you out. i wish i had your picture…
but i digress.
Enough ranting. The music was fantastif. Amos Lee is an incredibly talented and charming musician. His band is excellent, particularly his Drummer who is extremely fun to watch. Among other things, he played Flower, Keep It Loose Keep it Tight, SUpply and Demand, A song i imagine was called Elephant Boy, and covered Fat Bottom Girls. He was a lot of fun to see again.
Ray Lamontagne was excellent. His voice is so unique. He sounds like an open wound, if that makes sense…it is like his voice aches with 100 years of suffering and longing and regret, which is amazing given that he is a young man…He and his band turned in a great show, at times slow and mournful while at turns very much like a jam session. He played among other things, Trouble, Burn, and Shelter You. Unfortunately i had to get out of the steam cooker up front so i didnt get to see most of his concert from up close.
Gomez also played on the same stage. They are UK band sorta like…i dunno…weezer, maybe? They were good, although i didnt really know much about them beforehand. Their song “Here Comes the Breeze” was pretty cool.
Here is one of the videos i shot last night
If you want to see any of the handful of other videos i shot at the concert, head over to my youtube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/ominousicity?feature=mhee