Originally, I was going to do a little 2018 concert roundup before finally seeing my favorite (alive) band ever, The Kooks, this month. But they’ve moved their show to Valentine’s Day next year, so look like that’s going to be a date night, i.e. not for the blog – haha!
Something Old: Bon Iver
I used to really dig Bon Iver a few years ago, but I’ll admit I’ve fallen out of them. So obviously I wasn’t looking forward to this concert, mainly because the tickets were bought ten hours before the show. My friend Jenna was tracking last minute ticket sales for Bon Iver on Twitter and when she found tickets for half the selling price she asked if I was interested. Why not!
The Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum is one of my favorite concert venues because of the big room, packed crowd feeling. It seems intimate yet you have room to breathe – perfect for concerts. I didn’t know all of their songs obviously, but the vibe was great. Drinking a bit before concerts always helps too – haha. Bon Iver did not disappoint, and overall it was such a fun time!
Something New: Flor
I have recently been a bit obsessed with the band Flor. They’re a small indie band with great road trip vibes. I bought tickets to their little show at the Deep Ellum bar Three Links before they even had released a full album. Which, luckily for me, came out a week before they took the stage. Binging new music and seeing it live after only a few days was such a great experience!
I didn’t mind going to this one alone – which would’ve been my first solo concert – but it turned out my friend Lola was thinking about checking them out too. They are one of my favorites so I was glad they sounded just as great live. It was also so nice to have a “concert” at a bar. I was right up next to the stage but still had plenty of room. The room was full of only real fans and the music filled the street. I have made it my goal to see more bands play at small Deep Ellum bars!
Too Good to be True: Lights
I discovered the band Lights originally in my retail days, when their single Ice came into the store playlist. I’m a sucker for catchy beats and powerful female vocals, so immediately I was into them. At the time they only had a little EP album out, but I’ve liked them for long enough I always check out their new albums. They’re so random and from Canada I had kind of figured I’d never see them.
Their most recent album was an instant favorite, made better by the lead singer making a graphic novel series to go along with the new songs. They’re definitely a great girl power pop band, and seeing it at Granada, which is another intimate somewhat-grungy venue, was so awesome. Include that to being a bit wine drunk with my friend Lola, and you know we had a great time. But, you know what they say about expectations. While the show was fun, I probably would not seek out a second concert.
Honestly not a bad list of bands to see this year! I crossed off one of my must-sees, I affirmed a new favorite, and I was able to dance freely in crowded rooms. A win all around! I love concerts because I think seeing a band live is a true test to the quality of their sound. And I love to sing and dance – and no one looks at you weird when you do it in public at a concert venue. Hopefully 2019 brings me more fun music events!