On Sunday night, I had the great pleasure of attending the sold out show with The Decemberists and Mountain Man at the House of Blues. I really have to thank Tim and Dave, not sure what strings were pulled to get me a photo pass, but it was pretty spectacular to be that close to such amazing musicians. There was only one other guy in there with me, so don't for a second think that I don't feel incredible honor at the opportunity.
The show itself was perfect. I honestly don't think I've EVER seen a more attentive crowd at the House of Blues, and you could hear a pin drop (or the merch girl chatting, depending on where you were standing). Mountain Man kicked off the show with their mostly a capella stylings. If you were at the Jonsi show, you saw them open that as well. I missed them at that show, but did see them in LA for the Invisible Children show at the Troubadour. They sing beautiful harmonies and are worth checking out if you haven't already.
Between bands I found reprieve in the Delta Room until The Decemberists hit the stage. When they did...I dunno what to say, they are nothing short of amazing. If you didn't already have a crush on Colin Meloy, you did from the second he hit the stage.
They played a great set, though admittedly, after I was done shooting, I watched mostly from the Delta Room. The show was insanely packed and I just couldn't seem to find a spot where I wasn't smooshed or blocked by someone a foot taller than me. I met a random guy in there who shared the beers he'd bought for his sister before he lost her, and we had fun watching and listening to the show in the mostly empty room. I realize it makes me incredibly lame to have watched the show on projection screen for the most part, but I think I got my fill and there was a magic in the air that could be felt, even in the Delta Room.
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