Last night Bethany and I went down to Denver to go see one of my favorite bands in an amazing acoustic set. I wrote on Saturday on my excitement about seeing this show, and it definitely didn’t disappoint.
It’s such a treat to see singer/song-writers acoustically (or anyone acoustically for that matter), because they typically tell stories around their songs. It’s amazing to hear what inspired them to write, what they see as the meaning behind their words. John Ondrasik definitely delivered, elaborating on songs like “Freedom Never Cries”, “Tuesday”, and “Slice”.
The performances were raw and intimate – the atmosphere at the Soiled Dove made sure of that. We had the perfect seats, at the end of a long table on their “Silver” level. We were at the perfect height to see over the heads of the General Admission folks, and got a perfect direct view of the band. I wish I could have posted better pictures than this one I took with my cell phone, but it seems like I was the only one – including the Soiled Dove - that actually read the fine print on the ticket that said you couldn’t bring cameras in. I’ve learned my lesson and will ignore the rules.
I think my “Top 5” concert list is due for a refresh, but as great as that show was I’m not sure if it’s going to break into that list. The reason: the show wasn’t long enough. While he definitely put on a good show, he was only on the stage for a little more than an hour. There was an opening act – Angel Taylor – who was fantastic, so the evening was rounded out. It was a bit of a blessing in disguise as we got back home at a decent time on a Sunday night, but a top 5 show has to be a little longer.
I can’t wait until the next time Five For Fighting passes through Denver. I’ll definitely be there!